Robert Peel Brooks was one of
Richmond's first African American lawyers and a Republican Party leader. Born into slavery, he was manumitted in 1862 and graduated from Howard
University's law school in 1875. While practicing law in Richmond he also edited the Richmond
Virginia Star. Brooks became involved in politics and was elected secretary
of the Republican State Central Committee in 1880. Initially siding with the Funders,
who advocated full payment of the state's . . .
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