Thomas Mundy Peterson
In 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson became the first African American to vote in the United States after the passage of the 15th Amendment. Considered a Reconstruction Amendment, following the Civil War, the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits each government in the United States from denying a citizen suffrage based on that citizen's race, color and previous conditions of servitude - slavery. Born to slave parents, Thomas Mundy Peterson, a Republican, voted in an election held in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on March 31, 1870. He was a recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Gold Medal.
Today, The Urban Politico salutes Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first African American to vote in the United States.