Resolution would honor Reconstruction lawmakers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A resolution has been introduced in the Alabama House to honor black lawmakers who served in the Alabama Legislature during the Reconstruction era following the Civil War.

The resolution by Democratic Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery says black Alabama residents played an integral part in the Legislature from 1868 to 1878.

After the end of Reconstruction, there was not another black in the Legislature for almost 100 years. At the height of Reconstruction in 1874 there were 33 blacks in the Legislature.

The resolution calls for the names of the black lawmakers to be placed on plaques located in the rotunda of the state Capitol, on the grounds outside the Capitol and inside the entrance to the Alabama Statehouse.

Holmes' resolution was referred to the House Rules Committee.

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