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Article-a-Day #25: The Black Detour-Thomas Mundy Peterson First African-American To Vote In The U.S.

Thomas Mundy Peterson was born on October 6, 1824, in Metuchen, New Jersey. On March 31, 1870, Peterson became the first Black man to vote in an election under the 15th Amendment. Peterson voted in a local election at the Perth Amboy City Hall to change the town’s sanction. Peterson voted for the winning side (230-63) and was elected to the committee to revise the charter.