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Looking Black on Today: Birmingham Black Barons Formed

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

The Birmingham Black Barons was a professional baseball team active in the Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1960. They played their home games at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The team had its greatest success in the 1940s, winning three Negro National League pennants (1943, 1944, and 1949). Unfortunately, the Black Barons lost all three […]

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Haney’s Big House: Famous Boogie-Woogie Night Club Destroyed by Hatred

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

During the 1940s and 1950s, Ferriday, Louisiana, was the happening spot. It was the location of the boogie-woogie night club known as Haney’s Big House. Big name entertainers and singers frequented the location, and people would travel from miles away just to see and hear them perform. The small community was not just home to […]

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Confessions and Trials of Four St. Louis Black Men in 1841

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

In the early summer of 1841, four black men – Charles Brown, Madison Henderson, James Seward, and Alfred Warrick – were put on trial. The men were convicted of arson, burglary, and murder, and were sentenced to death. By July 9, 1841, the men had been hanged. People were encouraged to purchase tickets at $1.50 […]

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Don Miguel Enriquez Part III: Trust and Enemies

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

Whether he is viewed as a privateer, businessman, or pirate one thing is for certain: Miguel Enriquez’s career during the early 18th century was very eventful.   Branching Out and Business Methods At the end of the 1700s and beginning of the 1710s, his fleet proved to be a thorn in the side of the British. He would eventually […]

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Coleman Alexander Young: First Black Mayor of Detroit

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

Coleman Alexander Young was an politician who served as mayor of Detroit, Michigan from 1974 to 1994. Young was the first black mayor of Detroit. He also became the city’s longest-serving mayor. Young was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to William Coleman Young, a dry cleaner, and Ida Reese Jones. His family moved to Detroit in […]

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Tulsa Race Riots: The Destruction Of “Black Wall Street”

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

By 1921, Tulsa was booming thanks to the discovery of oil, and many African Americans had also prospered. Most black people lived in the racially segregated “Greenwood” section of the city, which contained stores, shops, hotels, banks, newspapers, schools, theaters, and restaurants. Greenwood had several wealthy black entrepreneurs and was sometimes called the “Black Wall […]

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Onnie Lee Logan: Respected Midwife Who Used God-given “Motherwit” to Deliver Hundreds of Babies

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

Onnie Lee Logan was a well-respected midwife of Alabama who became a folk hero when her life story was published. Logan was born around 1910. Growing up in rural Alabama, she always knew she would follow in her mother’s and grandmother’s footsteps of becoming a midwife. For over 50 years, Lee delivered hundreds of babies […]

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Piankhi: Founder of the 25th Dynasty and Conqueror of Egypt

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

Piankhi was an ancient Kushite king and founder of the 25th dynasty of Egypt who ruled from 747 B.C. to 722 B.C. He ruled from the city of Napata, located deep in Nubia, modern-day Sudan. King Piankhi was outraged and frustrated by what he often witnessed: ships loaded with casks of gold, scores of slaves, […]

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Emma J. Atkinson: One of the Mysterious “Big Four” Abolitionists

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

Emma J. Atkinson was a Black abolitionist who was one of the mysterious “Big Four,” a group of women at Quinn Chapel who provided aid to runaway slaves. Atkinson arrived in Chicago around 1847 with her husband, Isaac. When they arrived, there were only around 200 other blacks in the city. By 1850, the African-American […]

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George T. Downing: Abolitionist & Activist for African-American Civil Rights

Nov 18, 2019 10:09 pm

George T. Downing was an abolitionist and activist for African-American civil rights. From the 1830s until the end of slavery, Downing was active in the abolitionist movement and in the Underground Railroad, with his restaurant serving as a rest house. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Downing helped recruit African American soldiers. Downing was born […]

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