Hiram Revels photograph collection

Collection Data

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.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1850 - 1910
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Hiram Revels Collection
African American legislators
Revels, Hiram R. (Hiram Rhoades), 1827-1901
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.
Physical Description
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.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11818702
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 2ad05270-c606-012f-6690-58d385a7bc34
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