STATES & CITIES: Visitor from the Past

STATES & CITIES

For a Negro to appear on the floor of a legislature south of the Potomac River and converse with its members is, for most Southerners, unthinkable. Yet last week the South Carolina Senate, sitting at Columbia, permitted it to happen. The Negro was Green Coleman, 88-year-old inmate of the Charlotte, N. C. almshouse. Accompanied by Mayor Wearn of Charlotte and a white delegation, he asked to be heard because he was, he claimed, a South Carolina State Senator in the carpetbag days from 1872 to 1876. The South Carolinians were...

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