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U.S. Census Directors Were All White Until James F. Holmes Stepped In

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James F. Holmes, the first-ever person of color to oversee the U.S. head count, stands inside his office at the Census Bureau's former headquarters in Suitland, Md., in 1998, when Holmes served as acting director for about nine months. (Juana Arias/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
James F. Holmes, the first-ever person of color to oversee the U.S. head count, stands inside his office at the Census Bureau's former headquarters in Suitland, Md., in 1998, when Holmes served as acting director for about nine months. (Juana Arias/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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