Connecticut's Black Governors
I've been working on this one kinda hard because I wanted to do this subject justice,.. since it has been widely underrepresented in schools and history books. I'm of course talking about the great Black Governors. It's amazing to me that there have only been four black Governors in the history of the United States (if you don't count the U.S. Virgin Islands.) David Paterson, Deval Patrick, Douglas Wilder and PBS Pinchback. Unless you count the two dozen or so Black Governors of Connecticut. That's right, long before slavery was abolished Connecticut had a long list of black governors who were elected by their peers. So, essentially prominent slaves were elected to office. Slave masters would travel to Hartford for the elections.. one week after the general elections for each county. They would even hold a parade for the black governors. Their role in the state probably wasn't a desirable one. They were charged with keeping slaves in order.