Free Schools
Original Author: Campaign for John A. Henley Ticket
Created: 1881
Medium: Broadside

Free Schools, Free Ballot and a Fair Count.

An 1881 broadside for John A. Henley, the incumbent mayor of Williamsburg, lists the full slate of city candidates running with him for the May 26 election under the campaign promise: "Free Schools, Free Ballot and a Fair Count." Henley served as mayor from 1879 until 1896. Among those running for city council were Frederick S. Norton, a formerly enslaved man who had been on the Williamsburg City Council since at least 1879 and who had served one term in the House of Delegates from 1869 until 1871.