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