New Hampshire lawmakers are working to honor a man believed to have been the first Black elected official in the United States.
The state Senate this week passed a bill naming April 11, 2022, as Wentworth Cheswill Day. The proclamation would honor Cheswill, a Revolutionary War veteran who was born on April 11, 1746, in Newmarket, where he was elected to various town offices from 1768 until his death in 1817.
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The bill previously passed the House, which will now be asked to approve a minor change made by the Senate. If the bill becomes law, citizens would be encouraged to observe the day with appropriate educational activities.