This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration. Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6: JUDGED ON CHARACTERProfile America — Sunday, January 6th. The struggle for black citizens to obtain full civil rights has gone on for many decades since the Civil War. But along the way, there were signs of early progress and acceptance on the part of the majority white population. One such instance occurred on this date in 1886, when African-American Bishop
Benjamin W. Arnett took his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. Elected in a majority white district, he served one term. He was also
Ohio's first black foreman of an otherwise white jury. There are over 89,000 separate state and local governments in the U.S. and some 7,300 state level legislators. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 832U.S. Census Bureau, News Release, CB12-161
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at
http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau