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        First Black Statesmen: Tennessee's Self-Made Men

        At the end of the Civil War, there was a fifteen year period where voters elected, and the Tennessee Legislature seated, African-American legislators. The first was Sampson Keeble in 1873, followed more a dozen more. These men were former slaves, businessmen, teachers, lawyers and farmers from Davidson, Tipton, Shelby, Fayette and other counties.

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