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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 6

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile AmericaMonday, January 6th. The struggle for black citizens to obtain full civil rights has gone on for many decades since the Civil War. But along the way, there were signs of early progress and acceptance on the part of the majority white population. One such instance occurred on this date in 1886, when African-American Bishop Benjamin W. Arnett took his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. He was the first black in the nation to be elected in a majority white district; he served one term. He was also Ohio's first black foreman of an otherwise white jury. There are over 90,000 separate state and local governments in the U.S. and some 7,300 state level legislators. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov

Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 832
http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/ohio-leader-benjamin-w-arnett 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_W._Arnett 
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aap/arnett.html  
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/governments/cb12-161.html  http://www2.census.gov/govs/cog/g12_org.pdf http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0419.pdf t. 419

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau

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