From @charlesmblow - ・・・
On March 31, 1870, one day after the ratification of the 15th Amendment, Thomas Peterson became the first African American to cast a ballot in a U.S. election. The 15th Amendment promised, but did not enforce equal voting rights. The Enforcement Acts were three bills passed by Congress between 1870 and 1871. The acts were meant to protect African Americansʼ right to vote, to hold office, to serve on juries, and receive equal protection of laws.
The Enforcement Acts increased federal penalties for voter intimidation, particularly by White terrorist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. However, events like the 1873 Colfax Massacre, where 150 black men were murdered by white Southerners, still occurred. Poll taxes, literacy tests, and more also kept many African American voters disfranchised. #VoteHistory #APeoplesJourney
📸: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. - #regrann