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Poster - Election Day William Ferguson Reid (1925-  ) was the first African American elected to the General Assembly in the twentieth century. A medical doctor and community leader in the city of Richmond, Reid was one of the founders of the Crusade for Voters, organized in 1955 and one of the most formidable political organizations in the state. It lobbied for voter registration among African Americans, conducted get-out-the-vote drives, and enabled Reid to win a seat in the House of Delegates from the city of Richmond in 1967 on his second try. Reid served three terms in the assembly. Afterward he was a regional medical officer for the United States Department of State. Reid was the only African American in the General Assembly when he took office in 1968. In 2000 there are fifteen.

"Tuesday, July 13, 1965 is election day, a solid Negro vote can give us representation in Virginia's General Assembly." 1965. 
Broadside. Virginia Historical Society Broadside 1965:2.