The Honorable John Mercer Langston - Virginia
 
Historical Congressional Figure
 

Most notably in its preservation efforts, the African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc. submitted a proposal to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to consider a Historic State Highway Marker for the John Mercer Langston Birthplace in Louisa County, Virginia. In December 1995, the proposal was approved by the Virginia State Review Board. Until that time, the Commonwealth of Virginia had not officially recognized this statesman. John Mercer Langston was the first African American Congressman from Virginia, founder of Howard University Law School, first president of Virginia State University and served as minister resident and general consul to Haiti and charge d’affairs of Santo Domingo. In addition to these accomplishments, Congressman Langston recruited for the Massachusetts 54th and 55th regiments and formed the 127th Colored Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He also served as inspector general of education in Washington, DC.