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This Month in Black History
In the late 1800s many southern states adopted a poll tax. The tax was a way to keep poor people, especially African Americans from voting. If you were not able to pay the tax, you were not allowed to vote.
In January 1964 the 24th Amendment to the Constitution abolished the poll tax and in February 1964, President Lyndon B Johnson signed the amendment into law.
President Johnson signing 24th Amendment
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Black Hero of the Civil War
Robert Smalls was a pilot on a Confederate steamboat called
In May 1862, when the white crew members went ashore at the port of Charleston, Smalls took over the boat and sailed the 300-ton vessel to the Union side.