Texas is the proud home to countless trailblazers. Many of these brave individuals sacrificed their personal well-being for the benefit of their fellow man. Matthew Gaines was one such individual, who nearly a century before the modern civil rights movement, risked his life to overcome tremendous obstacles and fight systemic oppression. A formerly enslaved person, who fought adversity all his life, Gaines eventually served as a state senator during the Reconstruction era (1865–1877). …

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