Revels, Hiram Rhodes

Hiram Revels was Mississippi’s first black senator. He is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery. He moved to Holly Springs in 1870 and later became the first African-American United States Senator. It has been said of Revels:

“The most accomplished black who was connected to Holly Springs was Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first black to hold the office of United States Senator in 1870-1871. He held the seat formerly held by Jefferson Davis. Even though he was a carpetbagger, he was admired for his opposition to the corruption that plagued the state government during this time. His eloquent letter to President Grant in 1874 on the subject of political corruption presents us with a rare window on the troubled times that followed the Civil War. He died in 1891 and was buried in Hillcrest Cemetery at Holly Springs.”