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Segregationist’s Portrait Riles Black Caucus

Wed., Jan. 25, 1995

Led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a hero of the civil rights movement, nine Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus marched into the hearing room of the House Rules Committee on Tuesday and demanded a recently hung portrait of Howard W. Smith, an ardent segregationist, be removed.

The committee’s chairman, Rep. Gerald B.H. Solomon, R-N.Y., who had the picture hung after Republicans won control of Congress, told the protesters he would “take your views under consideration.”


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