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Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, attends a bill enrollment ceremony for the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 2021.In 1892, a Black landowner named Nathan Haller was elected to the Texas Legislature by the voters of rural Brazoria and Matagorda counties, south of Houston. Born into slavery in South Carolina and brought to Texas by his white owner, Haller was elected a commissioner of Walker County before moving to Brazoria County and serving two terms in the Texas House of Representatives, sitting on the Roads, Bridges and Ferries, Labor, and Penitentiaries committees and introducing a bill to establish a branch of the University of Texas for Black students. At the time of his election, Black residents outnumbered white ones in Brazoria County by 8,219 to 3,642—a legacy of the enormous cotton and sugar plantations on which thousands had toiled before Emancipation. Despite making up…

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