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Octavius Catto

  • Discrimination
  • Politics
  • Civil War & Reconstruction, 1860-1890
Printed cartoon showing the assignation of Octavius Catto in Philadelphia in 1871.

Octavius Valentine Catto

Octavius Valentine Catto

Octavius Valentine Catto

We shall never rest at ease, but will agitate and work, by our means and by our influence, in court and out of court, asking aid of the press, calling upon Christians to vindicate their Christianity, and the members of the law to assert the principles of the profession by granting us justice and right, until these invidious and unjust usages shall have ceased.

Octavius Catto

Fighting Segregation

‘Negro Expulsion from Railway Car, Philadelphia,’ The Illustrated London News, 1856

‘Negro Expulsion from Railway Car, Philadelphia,’ The Illustrated London News, 1856

Murdered on Election Day

Scene depicting the shooting of Octavius Catto on October 10, 1871

Scene depicting the shooting of Octavius Catto on October 10, 1871

Honoring Octavius Catto

Octavius Catto Memorial in Philadelphia, 2017

Octavius Catto Memorial in Philadelphia, 2017

People waiting in line to vote
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Legislating Rights

Supreme Court rulings gutting the legal protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 have allowed states to restrict access to the ballot.

  • Education
An illustration of a school house on fire. Some onlookers cheer, while others run towards help.
Historic Event

The Memphis Massacre

In 1866 police and white civilians attacked the African American community in Memphis, Tennessee. Learn about the massacre and listen to survivor testimony.

  • Discrimination
Mrs. Nettie Hunt, sitting on steps of Supreme Court, holding newspaper, explaining to her daughter Nikie the meaning of the Supreme Court's decision banning school segregation
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Education for All

African Americans established schools for their communities and have taken innovative approaches to education while challenging segregation and discrimination.

  • Politics