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In Washington, the Senate votes to strike down the color bar on railroad cars in the District of Columbia

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03/17/1863
The U.S. Senate was debating a supplementary bill on the charter for the Metropolitan and Alexandria Railroad Company when Senator Charles Sumner proposed the amendment that "no person shall be excluded from the cars on account of color." The measure passed by the narrow margin of nineteen votes to seventeen, mostly Democrat, votes, and became law the following June, when the House refused to strike the amendment from the final bill by a vote of  62 to 76.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Edward McPherson, The Political History of the United States of America, during the Great Rebellion.... (Washington DC: Philp and Solomons, 1865), 242.

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