On this day in history, July 13, 1868, Republican lieutenant governor Oscar Dunn was elected. Dunn was the 1st black person to hold the position in the state. Dunn, who was born a slave, educated himself by reading letters and learned to speak publicly by watching stage actors. He later escaped and served in the Union Army.
While in office, Dunn fought for civil and voting rights for former slaves. Dunn also organized the Louisiana Republican Convention of 1870.