General John Pershing, a republican, was born Sept 13, 1860. Did you know that “his first job was elementary school teacher for African-American children in Missouri? Pershing later gained the nickname “Black Jack” for commanding African-American troops in Montana and Cuba.
I didn’t know that. But Michael Zak does. He wrote the book on the history of the Republican party in areas of civil rights.
h/t Stix Blog
related: Black Political History IQ