Superintendent’s Memo #167-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

July 13, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  House Joint Resolution 65, Recognizing the African American Members Elected to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1867-1868, and Members Elected to the Virginia General Assembly during Reconstruction

I am pleased to bring to your attention House Joint Resolution 65, passed during the 2012 Session of the Virginia General Assembly on the occasion of the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 2013.  House Joint Resolution 65, recognizes and celebrates the outstanding service of the African American men elected to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1867-1868, and to the House of Delegates and Senate of Virginia during Reconstruction from 1869 to 1890.

Pursuant to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission (“MLK Commission”), the Virginia African American Legislators Project in 2004, began research to establish this roll call of significant African American men. A copy of HJR 65can be found at: and includes a list of these men with biographical information.

For more information about House Joint Resolution 65, please contact Betsy Barton, specialist for history and social science, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3454.