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African American Poll Books, 1867

In the summer of 1866, Congress passed the 14th Amendment guaranteeing the rights of freedmen and preventing former Confederate officials from holding office. Virginia, failing to ratify the amendment, was placed under military rule as a result of the passage of the first Reconstruction Act on March 2, 1867. Under the provisions of the Reconstruction Acts, it was necessary for the states of the old Confederacy to call conventions to draft new state constitutions. As directed, the Commander of the Military District in Virginia registered all male citizens 21 years of age or older and supervised an election held October 22, 1867. This election would determine whether or not Virginia would hold a constitutional convention, and would also elect delegates to the convention, if held. This election was especially significant because it was the first election to include African American participation. For more information, please see the finding aid for this collection.

We present the African American Poll Books from the October 1867 election, held one hundred and fifty years ago, for transcription.

Please separate first and last names with a comma (last name, first name). Please hit return after each name. Do not recreate columns, just work down and then left to right across each page, such that all A names are together, then all B names, etc.