African Americans, suffrage, politics
African Americans in several states, including Virginia, voted for the first time in the autumn of 1867. In this image, a white man is seen conducting the election. An old African American, probably a former slave and wearing patched clothes, deposits his ballot in the glass bowl. Behind him is a well-dressed man, who may have been free before the war, a soldier still in uniform, another man in work clothes, and still other men in line waiting to exercise their right to vote.
Alfred R. Waud
Harper's Weekly, November 16, 1867
Harper and Brothers
Library of Virginia
Alfred R. Waud, “First Vote,” Remaking Virginia: Transformation Through Emancipation, accessed May 11, 2021, https://www.virginiamemory.com/online-exhibitions/items/show/594.