13 January 2016

Douglas Wilder

13 January 1990 

# Southern #KnowSouthernHistory 

On this date in 1990... 

Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first elected black governor in the U.S. when he took the oath of office in Richmond.

Other Years:

  • 1873 - P.B.S. Pinchback relinquished his office as Louisiana governor during reconstruction.
  • 1815 - During the War of 1812British troops captured Fort Peter in St. Marys, Georgia, the only battle of the war to take place in the state.
  • 1830 - The Great Fire of New Orleans began.
  • 1968 – Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom State Prison.

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