As tax-paying landowners, many African-American men in Wayne County, North Carolina, in the 1870s were called alongside white men to fulfill their civic duties. Here are two entries from Superior Court Minute Book 2:
Napoleon Hagans of Nahunta township was appointed a judge of elections.
My great-great-great-grandfather Lewis Henderson drew jury duty for the first week of the next term of the superior court.
Superior Court Minute Book 2, Wayne County Register of Deeds Office, Goldsboro, North Carolina.