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John Mercer Langston
John Mercer Langston 1829 – 1897, was the first Black Lawyer and public official (Brownhelm Township) in America. A graduate of Oberlin College, he was a leading abolitionist, educator and political activist and Army recruiter. He was the first president of what is now Virginia State University and the first African American elected to the U.S. Congress from Virginia.
Langston for many reasons belongs to Oberlin, but can you find other communities that honor him?