Josiah Crump represented the Jackson Ward neighborhood on Richmond's city council for
nearly ten years (1876–1884, 1888–1890). While it is unknown if Crump was born enslaved, by 1860 he was free and worked as a teamster. In 1871 he
became a postal clerk in Richmond, most likely gaining the post because of his involvement with the
Republican Party. He also
joined the Grand Fountain United Order of True Reformers and served as a captain in
one the city's African
. . .
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