John Willis Menard: The First African American Elected To US Congress

A head-and-shoulders portrait of political activist and author John Willis Menard (1838-1893). In 1868 Menard became the first African American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District. Public Domain

A statesman, editor, publisher, poet, activist and more, John Willis Menard was a true Renaissance man, and he dedicated his life to public service. Listen in to learn more about the life and times of John Willis Menard.