The G.A.R. formed in 1866. It was one of the earliest patriotic societies that was integrated. However, this was done differently in different places. Some posts were integrated, while there were posts that self-segregated. Some areas had G.A.R. post that were all white, while another post was all black. Still it can not be denied that the G.A.R. was not segregated as a society. There are photographs of G.A.E. posts showing black members mixed with white members. The G.A.R. also supported voting rights for black veterans.