Blanche Kelso Bruce, African American political leader, was born into slavery south of here on 1 Mar. 1841. He grew up in Virginia, Mississippi, and Missouri before escaping slavery during the Civil War. In 1869 Bruce moved back to Mississippi and became active in local and state politics. In Feb. 1874, the Mississippi legislature elected him to the U.S. Senate. Bruce was the first black to serve a full term in the Senate (1875-1881). After completing his term in office, he held several political positions in Washington, D.C. He died on 17 Mar. 1898 in Washington, D.C., and was interred there in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Date Installed-Dedicated: 02/01/06
Year On Marker: 2005
Original Sponsor: Private Sponsor
Geographic Location: Prince Edward County
Physical Description of Location: US 360, about .2 miles northeast of intersection with County Road 696, Green Bay, VA 23942. Marker is on right when traveling southwest on US 360.
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