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George Vashon - Born 1824 in Pittsburgh. At 14, became secretary of first African American Juvenile Anti-Slavery Society in US. In 1841, went to Ohio's Oberlin College, the first in US to admit races equally. Earned law degree in 1844. Returned to Pittsburgh to practice, but denied admission to bar because of race. In 1851, became NY State's first black lawyer. In 1855, became first black statewide candidate in NY. After Civil War, practiced law in Wash., DC. First black professor at Howard U.
"The photo of Lincoln lying in an open coffin is the only one that exists. It was taken by photographer Jeremiah Gurney, Jr., on April 24, 1865, as the president’s body lay in state in City Hall in New York. It was immediately confiscated by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814-1869) and was hidden away for 87 years until it was discovered in the Illinois State Historical Library in 1952, by then 15-year-old Ronald Rietveld, who was researching the papers of Lincoln’s personal secretaries."