Colored Men as Jurors.

August 27, 1870


The Petersburg Index claims the first blacks in juries will be seen in the future, but in Virginia, blacks have been serving on juries for three years already.


The Petersburg Index states that at the September term of the Hustings Court of that city there will be witnessed " something never before seen in this community or in the State- viz., colored jureis." This is a mistake. Those who have attended the United States Courts in Richmond have seen colored men in the jury box frequently during the past three years, and they have also sat on grand and petit juries of the State courts in several of the southside counties during the last days of General Canby's government. Some of the best and most influential citizens of Richmoud have been on a grand jury of Judge Underwood's court with colored men.
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“Colored Men as Jurors.,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed September 28, 2022,