THIS DAY IN HISTORY May 21, 1881: Blanche K. Bruce Became Register of the Treasury

Hon. Blanche Kelso Bruce of Mississippi. Source: Library of Congress.

On May 21, 1881 Blanche Kelso Bruce became Register of the Treasury which placed his name on all U.S. currency.

Bruce had served as a U.S. Senator, representing Mississippi from March 4, 1875 – March 4, 1881.

The first African American Senator to serve a full term, Bruce was an outspoken advocate for the rights of African Americans, Native Americans, and Chinese Americans. Bruce had been born in slavery near Farmville, Prince Edward County, Virginia on March 1, 1841.

Learn more about Bruce at

Do you know how many African American U.S. Senators there have been to date?

Here are resources to #TeachReconstruction.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s