Lawrence Douglas Wilder

Source: Preliminary Inventory of the Carroll H. Leggett Collection, 1970-1990, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #856

Staff Person: Nanette Hardison

Description:

On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States, an event of great historical significance because he is the first African American to be elected to the office. Another historical first occurred on January 13, 1990. An African American named Lawrence Douglas Wilder became the first African American to be sworn in as governor of a U.S. state. He served as Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. The two images shown below are the invitations to Wilder’s inauguration (left) and to the inaugural festivities (right).

General Assembly of Virginia Inaugural Committee, State Capitol, Richmond, VA invitation to attend inauguration of Lawrence Douglas Wilder and Donald Sternoff Beyer, Jr. as Governor and Lt. Governor of Virginia, 1/13/1990

General Assembly of Virginia Inaugural Committee, State Capitol, Richmond, VA invitation to attend inauguration of Lawrence Douglas Wilder and Donald Sternoff Beyer, Jr. as Governor and Lt. Governor of Virginia, 1/13/1990

Inaugural Committee invitation to attend festivities celebrating inauguration of Lawrence Douglas Wilder as Gov. of Virgina, 12 -13 January 1990 (1 p.)

Inaugural Committee invitation to attend festivities celebrating inauguration of Lawrence Douglas Wilder as Gov. of Virgina, 12 -13 January 1990

Both of these invitations come from the Carroll H. Leggett Collection (MC #856), a collection that contains items pertaining to state and national politics. Among them are items from the presidential inaugurations of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton and from the gubernatorial inaugurations of Lawrence Wilder and Michael Easley. One notable item in this collection is a sheet containing the guidelines for Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies for inaugural attendees (1993).

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