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"Expelled because of their color"
The story of how Georgia’s African-American citizens overcame those barriers and rose to political leadership in our state is portrayed in the Capitol statue, the work of renowned sculptor John Riddle, Jr.
Erected in 1976 by the Black Caucus of the Georgia General Assembly, "Expelled Because Of Their Color" tells the story of the progress of Georgia’s African-American citizens - from the shackles of slavery to the seat of political power.
The story of the original 33 legislators is an important and tragic chapter in Georgia history. In the first election following the Civil War in 1868, blacks for the first time were allowed to vote, a right guaranteed by the 13th Amendment.
But while former slaves could now cast ballots, there was no law that permitted black representatives to actually hold office.
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