In 1895, Nebraska’s first black state legislator sponsored a bill repealing the state’s ban on interracial marriage. The bill passed but the Populist Governor vetoed it. The story of the 1895 Nebraska Legislature.
Described as “militant” in the press, a 33 year-old barber challenged the incumbent state senator for North Omaha’s 11th legislative district. Decades later, he is one of the most important figures in the history of Nebraska’s legislature, still serving at the age of 81.