A print depicting the first African American senator and representatives, who served in the Forty-First and Forty-Second Congresses, 1872.

Hiram Revels, the first African American US senator, took Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ seat, representing Mississippi, on February 25, 1870. The other congressmen pictured include Representatives Benjamin Turner of Alabama, Robert DeLarge of South Carolina, Josiah Walls of Florida, Jefferson Long of Georgia, and Joseph Rainey and Robert B. Elliot of South Carolina. The Forty-First Congress met from 1869 to 1871 and the Forty-Second Congress met from 1871 to 1873.