Today in Black History: November 7, 1989 “Lawrence Douglas Wilder was Elected First African American Governor in the US”

On today in 1989, Lawrence Douglas Wilder was elected Governor of Virginia, which made him the first African American to become governor since the reconstruction of the South. He was the grandson of slaves and the first African American governor in the United States of America. Douglas was the 66th Governor of Virginia and served from 1990-1994. Wilder became Mayor of Richmond, Virginia in 2004 and served office until 2008.

To learn more about Lawrence Douglas Wilder, click here.


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