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150 Years of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude” – 15th Amendment

The 15th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on February 3, 1870, in no small part due to the efforts of President Ulysses S. Grant. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020, the Grant Monument Association placed a wreath at Grant’s Tomb to mark the 150th anniversary of the amendment’s ratification. Following that, GMA president Frank Scaturro gave a presentation in the overlook pavilion discussing the 15th Amendment, President Grant’s efforts to secure its ratification and enforcement, and the years of disfranchisement that spanned the late 19th century until voting rights enforcement returned a century after Reconstruction.
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