Joseph Rainey: 150th Anniversary Exhibition

Joseph Rainey: 150th Anniversary Exhibition/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_rainey_exhibition_panorama_ocomm.xml Image courtesy of the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Capitol, House Connecting Corridor
  • December 2020–ongoing

The Joseph Rainey: 150th Anniversary exhibition celebrates the pathbreaking accomplishment of Joseph Rainey of South Carolina. On December 12, 1870, Rainey took the oath of office, becoming the first African American in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The exhibition, now open in the first floor House Connecting Corridor, highlights Rainey’s impact and that of other African-American Representatives who followed in his footsteps. The power and importance of African-American voting rights are at the heart of the exhibition. Artifacts, documents, historical images, and the words of African-American legislators highlight the tumultuous history of securing those rights.

To learn more about the Joseph Rainey: 150th Anniversary exhibition, contact the Office of Art & Archives at art@mail.house.gov or 202-226-1300.

Take a look at the exhibition and a few of its featured objects.

Joseph Hayne Rainey/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_rainey_aboutexhibition_portrait_2004_098_000.xml
“To Thine Own Self Be True”/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_rainey_aboutexhibition_harpweek_2019_005_002.xml
Benjamin Franklin Butler Match Safe/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_Rainey_About_Butler_box_2019_195_000.xml
Anti-Lynching Petition/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_Rainey_About_Petition_PN2020_01_0030_NARA.xml
Jet Magazine Featuring William Levi Dawson/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_Rainey_About_Dawson_2019_108_000.xml
Augustus Freeman (Gus) Hawkins Lapel Pin/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_Rainey_About_Hawkins_2008_047_002.xml
Voting Rights Act of 1965/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_Rainey_About_VRA_PN2020_04_0071_NARA.xml
Barbara Charline Jordan/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_Rainey_About_Jordan_PN2020_11_0001_LC.xml
Shirley Anita Chisholm/tiles/non-collection/e/ex_Rainey_About_Chisholm_2009_001_000.xml
Quick Look
Take a quick look at Joseph Rainey: 150th Anniversary, an exhibition in the Capitol celebrating the pathbreaking accomplishment of Joseph Rainey, the first African American in the U.S. House of Representatives, and other Black Representatives who followed in his footsteps.
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Joseph Hayne Rainey

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

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“To Thine Own Self Be True”

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Benjamin Franklin Butler Match Safe

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Anti-Lynching Petition

Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

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Jet Magazine, William Levi Dawson

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Augustus Freeman (Gus) Hawkins Lapel Pin

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

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Voting Rights Act of 1965

Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration

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Barbara Charline Jordan

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

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Shirley Anita Chisholm

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

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