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James H. McGee, Dayton’s First African-American Mayor

James H. McGee (1918-2006) was Dayton’s first African American mayor, serving in that capacity from 1970 to 1981. At the time he was appointed to the office in 1970, he was one of the first black major city mayors in … Continue reading






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To Vote But Not to Drink

MS-147: The Papers of Martha McClellan Brown and Rev. William Kennedy Brown highlight the life and work of Martha McClellan Brown. As an organizer, editor, and popular platform speaker, Martha McClellan Brown was a prominent and important figure in the … Continue reading






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Sick in Rolla, Missouri

On December 15, 1861, Robert wrote his father from a camp in Rolla, Missouri.  In the letter, Robert writes about being extremely sick — almost to the point of death, as well as commenting on regimental politics.  (Transcript of Robert’s … Continue reading






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