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In Norfolk, Virginia, African-Americans rally to celebrate congressional action on the Civil Rights Bill

Norfolk, Virginia, 1862, artist's impression
04/09/1866
In Norfolk, Virginia, a large number of black citizens participated in an impromptu rally to celebrate the U.S. Congress and its overturning of President Johnson's Civil Rights Act veto that same day.  They then announced plans for a larger rally with African-American groups from both neighboring Portsmouth and Norfolk the following week.  This event would trigger the first serious public disturbance in the federally occupied areas since the end of the war.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Robert W. Coakley, The Role of Federal Military Forces in Domestic Disorders, 1789-1878 (Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, United States Army, 1988), 273.

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