Hiram Rhodes Revels was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), and a politician. He was the 1st person of color to serve in the United States Senate, and in the U.S. Congress overall. He represented Mississippi in 1870 and 1871 during Reconstruction.
During the American Civil War, he helped organize two regiments of the United States Colored Troops and served as a chaplain.
Revels was also the 1st president of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University), a historically black college located in Claiborne County, Mississippi. He taught philosophy as well.
In 1873, Revels took a leave of absence from Alcorn to serve as Mississippi’s secretary of state ad interim.
⏺Revels’ daughter Susan Revels edited a newspaper in Seattle, Washington.
⏺Among his grandsons were Horace R. Cayton, Jr., co-author of Black Metropolis, and Revels Cayton, a labor leader.
⏺In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Hiram Rhodes Revels as one of 100 Greatest African Americans.