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John Mercer Langston's Autobiography

Frontispiece of From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol

The U.S. Capitol rises above a scene of Virginia plantation life in this frontispiece illustration from John Mercer Langston's autobiography, From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol; or, The First and Only Negro Representative in Congress from the Old Dominion (1894). Langston was born free, the son of a white planter, Ralph Quarles, and his enslaved mistress, Lucy Jane Langston. He later served as Virginia's first African American member of Congress (1890–1891).

Citation: From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol; or, The First and Only Negro Representative in Congress from the Old Dominion. E185.97 .L27 1894. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: C. H. Warren, artist

Created: 1894

Medium: Book illustration

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol

This is the title page of John Mercer Langston's illustrated autobiography, From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol (1894). Langston was Virginia's first African American member of Congress, serving from 1890 to 1891. The motto beneath the title reads, "Self-reliance the secret of success."

Citation: From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol; or, The First and Only Negro Representative in Congress from the Old Dominion. E185.97 .L27 1894. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Original Author: John Mercer Langston

Created: 1894

Medium: Title page

Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

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  • Frontispiece of From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol

    The U.S. Capitol rises above a scene of Virginia plantation life in this frontispiece illustration from John Mercer Langston's autobiography, From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol; or, The First and Only Negro Representative in Congress from the Old Dominion (1894). Langston was born free, the son of a white planter, Ralph Quarles, and his enslaved mistress, Lucy Jane Langston. He later served as Virginia's first African American member of Congress (1890–1891).

    Citation: From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol; or, The First and Only Negro Representative in Congress from the Old Dominion. E185.97 .L27 1894. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: C. H. Warren, artist

    Created: 1894

    Medium: Book illustration

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections

  • From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol

    This is the title page of John Mercer Langston's illustrated autobiography, From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol (1894). Langston was Virginia's first African American member of Congress, serving from 1890 to 1891. The motto beneath the title reads, "Self-reliance the secret of success."

    Citation: From the Virginia Plantation to the National Capitol; or, The First and Only Negro Representative in Congress from the Old Dominion. E185.97 .L27 1894. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Original Author: John Mercer Langston

    Created: 1894

    Medium: Title page

    Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections