Thomas Mundy Peterson was born October 6, 1824 to slaves. By trade he was a school custodian and handy man. He was fortunate to become a man of firsts in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He was the first African-American to vote in the United States after the ratification of the 15th amendment. The day after the amendment was changed; Peterson cast his vote as a He was also the first African-American to serve on a jury.