1990 January 13

Douglas Wilder Becomes First Elected African-American Governor


Douglas Wilder took the oath of office on this day, becoming the first African-American governor in Virginia history and the first African-American governor since Reconstruction. (Pinckney Pinchback served as acting governor of Louisiana for 35 days, from December 1872, to January 1873.)

Read: Don Baker, Wilder: Hold Fast to Dreams: A Biography of L. Douglas Wilder (1989)

Julian Bond Interviews Wilder on African-American Leadership: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DldiHB_QL8

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