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Alfred Fairfax

(1840 - circa 1916)

  • Born into slavery in Virginia, escaped and joined the Union army
  • Moved to Chautauqua County in 1880
  • Raised cotton and operated his own cotton gin as Fairfax Ginning Company
  • Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Parsons
  • Elected in 1888 as first African American to serve in Kansas House of Representatives