Arthur W. Mitchell Photograph Collection

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1930-1965
Extent: 1.8 Linear Feet
Finding Aid: None

Biographical/Historical Note:
Arthur Wergs Mitchell--teacher, lawyer, Congressman and farmer--was born in Roanoke, Alabama, on December 22, 1883, to Taylor and Ammar Mitchell. Both of his parents had been born into slavery, and his father worked as a farmer. From these modest beginnings, Mitchell became the first African American Democrat elected to the United States Congress (on November 6, 1934, representing the First Congressional District in Chicago, Illinois) and remained in office for four terms. He retired in 1942 and moved to Petersburg, Virginia, to work on his farm and to advance racial harmony in the South.

Scope and Content Note:
Photographs relating to the life and career of Chicago resident Mitchell, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (1st Congressional district, Chicago, 1935-1943) and a prominent black leader.

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