The Hiram Revels Photograph Collection consists of a groupportrait of Revels and his family; a studio portrait of Revels's wife, Phoebe; a studio portrait of Maggie Revels (probably one of Revels's daughters); and a view of the Oakland Chapel and nearby buildings at Alcorn College, Claiborne County, Mississippi.
Content: Collection contains work by Davis Premium Gallery and Doremus' Floating Photographic Gallery.
Bibliographic history: Hiram Rhoades Revels, clergyman, politician, and college president, was the first African American to serve on the United States Senate. After serving as a church pastor before the Civil War, and helping to organize black military regiments during the war, Revels briefly served in Mississippi local and state politics, from 1868-1870, before he was elected, in 1870, by the state legislature to the U.S. Senate to complete the unexpired term of Jefferson Davis. In 1871, he became the first president of Alcorn College, a black school in Claiborne County, Mississippi, serving from 1871-1873, and again from 1876-1882. Revels and his wife, Pheobe, had six daughters including Suzie, who later married journalist Horace Roscoe Cayton.
Content: View of Alcorn College part of Doremus' Mississippi Views series.
Extent: 4 items (1 folder) 2 photographic prints : gelatin silver, one albumen, b ; 15 x 21 cm. and smaller. 2 card photographs : albumen ; 17 x 11 cm. and smaller.