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Studio photograph of Senator Hiram Revels.

"What we do today is not alone for ourselves...; it is for all everywhere who suffer from tyranny and wrong; for all everywhere who bend beneath the yoke; for all everywhere who feel the blight of unjust power; it is for all mankind..."

-Senator Charles Sumner, closing argument for admission of Hiram Revels to the Senate, February 25, 1870.