We are pleased to announce a new exhibit about Clarence Josef “C.J.” McLin, Jr., is now on display in our reading room. The majority of the exhibit comes from the recently donated State Representative Clarence Josef “C.J.” McLin, Jr., Papers (MS-640).
Clarence Josef “C.J.” McLin, Jr., was an American politician of the Ohio Democratic Party. He ran for state representative in 1966 following the race riots in Dayton and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He won the election and served eleven consecutive terms. In 1988 he won a twelfth term but passed away. His daughter, Rhine McLin was appointed to fill his seat. He was the longest serving black legislator in Ohio history. McLin was known for hitting the pavement and passing out pamphlets during re-elections by being approachable with the 88th District voters.
These materials will be on exhibit all during the month of February, in honor of Black History Month. We hope you’ll stop by and take a look!