Article from the Baskin-Batty History of Medina County Ohio (1881) of court case involving Joseph Reno where he was refused to testify in court because the Judge deemed him a person of color. At the time of this court case Blacks in Ohio were NOT allowed to tesify in court against a white person. ... from the Black Codes of Ohio (1804). Two newpspaer articles showing Joseph Reno casting his vote and celebrating in 1870. This was the first national election for the Presidency of the United States where persons of color were permitted to vote following passage of the 15th Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.