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Document 1: Dr. Pope's Voter Registration Card, 1902

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I, A. E. Olmsted, Registrar for Raleigh Township, 23 Precinct (or ward), of Wake County, do hereby certify that on this day Pope M. T. of C. Free race, of Wake County, Raleigh Township, 23 Precinct (or ward), age 44 years, took and subscribed the oath required by law and has this day been registered on the Permanent Roll as a voter in said township, ward or precinct, in accordance with section four, Article VI of the Constitution of North Carolina.

This the 18 day of Oct 1902
A. E. Olmsted Registrar

Wake County.

I, W. M. Russ, Clerk of the Superior Court of the aforesaid county, do hereby certify that the foregoing certificate is in due form, and that the signature of said A. E. Olmstead, Registrar of said precinct (ward or township), is in his own proper handwriting.
Witness my hand and official seal, this the 18th day of October 1902
W. M. Russ
Clerk of the Superior Court

Questions for Document 1

1. What was the purpose of the North Carolina constitutional amendment that disfranchised most African-American men? If needed, refer to Reading 1. Is the date of this document before or after North Carolina's amendment? Why is this significant?

2. Why was Dr. Pope able to register to vote? Does this document mention what requirements he met?

3. Can you think of reasons why this document might have a very high historical value?

Document 1 is from the Pope Family Papers, #5085, Southern Historical Collection, the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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