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Book reveals story of state's first black general assemblyman

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:07:48 CDT
By: IPR

Book reveals story of state's first black general assemblyman Even close followers of Illinois state government might be hard pressed to name the first African American member of the General Assembly. But a new book traces the life of John WE Thomas.    Author David Joens, who is also the Director of the Illinois State Archives, says Thomas' story is one worth telling. He spoke with IPR's Sean Crawford.   Joens says Thomas started out a slave in the south:

   

That's David Joens, author of the book "From Slave To State Legislator: John WE Thomas - Illinois' First African American Lawmaker."

   

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