February is Black History Month
During February, KGNC will be highlighting African-Americans in history who have made America the great country that she is.
On February 1st Blanche K. Bruce was born in 1841. Bruce was the first African-American to serve in the U.S. Senate, representing Mississippi.
In 1864 He moved to Missouri and established a school for black children and eventually purchased a delta plantation and became a wealthy landowner
Winning elections, he became the register of voters, tax collector, and Supervisor of Education.
Bruce was educated by his father, Pervis Perkinson, and attended the historic HBCU Oberlin College.
In 1874 Bruce was elected to the U.S. Senate, only the second African-American to serve in the upper house of Congress, the only former slave to do so.
President William McKinley appointed him as the Register of the Treasury, a second time.
Blanch Bruce served until his death from complications from Diabetes in 1898