Lyceum Lecture: Early Black Suffrage in Wisconsin with Christy Clark-Pujara

Sun, February 25, 20183:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Lyceum Lecture: Early Black Suffrage in Wisconsin with Christy Clark-Pujara 

On October 31, 1865 Ezekiel Gillespie, a black Milwaukee resident, went to “the place of registration on the flats in the Seventh ward” and asked that his name be added to the list of eligible voters, he was refused. The next day he went to the polls to vote. He was turned away and subsequently filed suit. A referendum for black male suffrage had been part of the failed 1846 Wisconsin Constitution and approved 1848 constitution explicitly denied black men the right to vote. In many ways the state of Wisconsin was progressive, yet that progressivism was tempered by a virulent racism which is evident in the contest over black male suffrage—a political battle which began in 1846 and ended when the state supreme court took up Gillespie’s suit twenty years later.

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Time: 3:00 pm

Cost: no cost

Location: City Auditorium

Registration: No registration required