March 04, 2023
African American Politicians / African American in Politics pt-5
Despite popular belief African Americans have been a part of our political system since the early 1800’s. In this article, I would like to put the spotlight of history on one of our countries trail blazers in African American Politics.
Richard Harvey Cain was born April 12, 1825 in Greenbrier County Virginia. He was born free and of mixed race. His mother was Cherokee and his father was black (African American).
History records that when he was a child, his parents moved him to Gallipolis Ohio. Later on Richard Harvey Cain entered the Methodist Ministry in Hannibal Missouri; and later changed to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME ) Church.
In 1861, while serving as pastor at Bridge Street Church in Brooklyn, New York, he became interested in politics. After the civil, war the AME church assigned him to Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
History records that in 1871 under Cain’s leadership, the church congregation grew to become the largest AME church in the state. Richard Harvey Cain served his first term in the senate from 1868 to 1872 . From 1877 to 1879, he served in Congress.
Richard Harvey Cain was later on known as a writer and a champion for African American Civil rights and social advancement. This out standing African American Politician helped shape our rich history in politics.
SoulTic Magazine salutes this African American Politician for being a Trail Blazer in African American Politics.