Tom Wood, writer of Nashville history over at NashvillePost.com sent me the following article from the September 29, 1878 issue of the Colored Councilman.
J.C. Napier, the councilman elect from the fourth ward, is considered by the colored people to be one of the most creditable representatives of their race, and this great popularity was exhibited yesterday, in his defeat of Mr. Chas. H. Saunders, one of the most popular young men in the city. Councilman Napier is about twenty-four years of age, a bright mulatto, and is a graduate of the law department of Howard University, Washington D.C. He left last night for Washington City where he will be united in marriage at the Congregational church in that city, next Wednesday, to Nettie, the only daughter of Hon. John M. Langston, colored, the United States Minister to the Replic of Hayti. Nashville has not had a colored man in her city council since the days of Alden rule.