votingbox Voting In March 1870, the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted giving blacks for the first time in this country the right to vote. The Amendment states that all US citizens have the right to vote and shall not be denied that right on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, New Jersey was the first black person to vote in a US election in 1870.

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Marlive Harris and students at McWhorter Elementary School, Carrollton, TX.