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Re: 15th Amendment: Right to Vote, Kind of

I have been able to find a few references where AA men took great pride and resposibility in exercising their newly acquired 'right to vote" following passage of the 15th amendment.

From the Medina County Gazette in Medina, OH.

18 March 1870--"Joe" Reno an old colored man at the American House, celebrates the adoption of the 15th Amendment by taking a trip to Cleveland.

8 April 1870--Joe Reno casts his first vote under the 15th Amendment.

2) 1870........."At the election in the village this last Monday, Joseph Reno, colored, (everybody knows "Joe") cast his first vote. Sixty years old and a tax-payer for many years, he comes into the exercise of a right which all now are bound to respect. It is needless to say that Joseph voted the straight Republican ticket"
Notice in this article where "old man" Gales walked two (2)miles to exercise his voting privilege.

Another aricle from the Urbana Citizen Gazette ..Urbana, OH states"

"Last Thursday evening Urbana lost another of her notable characters Harry Ford, who had reached the age of seventy-one. Harry was raised by Col. Ward the founder of Urbana and lived with him for many years. He was the first to vote under the 'visible admixture' act. There were several here at that time entitled under the act, but Democrats in charge of the polls proposed to reject their votes. Harry however led the gang with an open Democratic ticket which was accepted and their votes were taken."

note: I didn't get the date of the newspaper article :( , but Harry died 29 Sep 1881.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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