Charles P. Head

Charles P. Head (Warren County)

State House: 1870-1871

Head represented Mississippi at the National Convention of Colored Men in Syracuse, New York, in October 1864. Frederick Douglass was elected president and spoke at that convention, at which Head was named a vice-president and appointed to the business committee.

“In August 1865, he and five other men recommended that, in order to establish schools, the Freedmen’s Bureau institute a tax on Vicksburg blacks who could afford to pay it and that blacks appoint a committee to manage their children’s education… A lay leader in the Mississippi Conference of the Northern Methodist Church, he devoted himself to religious affairs after the end of Reconstruction.”
(Eric Foner, Freedom’s Lawmakers: A Directory of Black Officeholders during Reconstruction, 1993)

Proceedings of the National Convention of Colored Men
Mississippi State Convention of Colored Men, 1865

Vicksburg Journal, September 10, 1865
Weekly Mississippi Pilot, April 30, 1870
Clarion-Ledger, November 10, 1870
Vicksburg Daily Times, June 29, 1872
Vicksburg Herald, April 3, 1873
Vicksburg Herald, August 16, 1873
Vicksburg Herald, December 30, 1873
Vicksburg Herald, July 23, 1875
Vicksburg Herald, March 20, 1879
Clarion-Ledger, September 15, 1880
Vicksburg Herald, May 23, 1882
Mississippian, December 19, 1888