1888: Raise the Washington Monument

On October 8th, 1888 the Washington Monument was unveiled in Washington, DC as an obelisk dedicated to the legacy of President George Washington, the father of the United States and the very first Commander-in-Chief. During Washington’s lifetime, there many proposals for a monument, but Washington himself scoffed at them. Early discussions of a monument officially…

Patriot Section Highlight: Hiram Rhodes Revels

Since it is Black History Month, this month’s patriot highlight goes to the first Black senator, Republican Hiram Rhodes Revels.  Revels was born free in South Carolina on September 27, 1827. Though he apprenticed as barber, he went to seminary where he studied theology. He began a career as a Methodist pastor and evangelist where he…

Patriot Section Highlight- Francis Lewis Cardozo

We have begun Black History Month and today I want to honor that with a special American patriot: Francis Lewis Cardozo, the first black man to hold an elected statewide office in the United States of America. Born on February 1, 1836 in Charleston, South Carolina to an free African-American woman named Lydia Weston and Isaac…