By The Hill Staff - 09/21/05 12:00 AM EDT
A portrait of the first African-American member of the House of Representatives will be unveiled today in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The painting of Rep. Joseph H. Rainey, a Republican from Georgetown, S.C., who served from 1870 to 1879, will be the first portrait of an African-American congressman to be displayed in the Capitol.
Rainey was a leader in the fight to obtain civil rights for newly freed slaves.
The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.; Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) and House Administration Committee Chairman Robert Ney (R-Ohio) plan to attend.