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“The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball”

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

Charles Ball was an enslaved African-American from Maryland, best known for his account as a fugitive, The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball (1837) and having served in the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla of the U.S. Navy under the command of Commodore Joshua Barney in the War of 1812. Ball was born as a slave in […]

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March 5: Today in 1945, Georgia Executed a Black Woman Who Shot Her White Male Boss in Self-Defense

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

Photo credits: Georgia Department of Corrections Archive Lena Baker (pictured) was an African-American maid who suffered execution in a Georgia state prison for killing her employer, a white man named Ernest Knight. Baker testified at her one-day trial that after working for him one day, Knight imprisoned her, enslaved her, and threatened to shoot her if she […]

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Emlen Lewis Tunnell: American Football Player and Coach “The Gremlin”

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

Emlen Lewis Tunnell, better known by the nickname “The Gremlin”, was an American football player and coach. He was the first African American to play for the New York Giants and also the first to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tunnell was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. He played […]

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Flash Black Photo: African American Soldiers, World War I

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

At Black Then, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered in textbooks, in history classes, or shown in the media. In a photo that we found on Black History Album , we see this […]

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10 TV Dads Who Inspired Us To Be Great Parents

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

Black role models are everywhere, and for better or for worse television is a place where many people find them. Although there are many family shows over the years, there have been far too few black family shows depicting the black family in a positive light with realistic characters playing roles that a good father […]

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[Video] Charles Adolphus Williams: One of the First Black Players in British Football & Comedian

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

Charles Adolphus Williams MBE was an English professional footballer who was one of the first black players in British football after the Second World War, and later became Britain’s first well-known black stand-up comedian. Williams often poked fun at his color, dabbled with race issues and mostly the jokes were at his own expense. Interviewed […]

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Black Abolitionists: Nathan Francis Mossell The First African American Doctor To Establish The First Black Hospital In Philadelphia

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

By Lesley Gist, The Gist of Freedom Nathan Francis Mossell was an African American doctor who helped establish the first black hospital in Philadelphia, the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, and Training School. He established it in 1895 partly to provide care for the underserved black Philadelphia community and partly to give younger African American physicians […]

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The Evolution Of “The Black National Anthem”

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

James Weldon Johnson first wrote Life Ev’ry Voice and Sing as a poem. It was set to music in 1899 by his brother, John Rosamond Johnson. It was performed by a school choir during Lincoln’s Birthday celebration on February 12, 1900 in Jacksonville, Florida. Now, the song is known as the Black National Anthem, an […]

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Wiley Griffon: First African-American Employee at the University of Oregon

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

Wiley Griffon was the first African American employee at the University of Oregon. In the late 1890s, he worked as a janitor at the Men’s Dormitory, Friendly Hall. Although he was not the first or the only African American in Eugene, he was the first one mentioned by name as being a resident. Griffon was […]

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Warren Clay Coleman: One of the South’s Richest African-Americans

Mar 05, 2021 10:01 am

Warren Clay Coleman was a manufacturer who became one of the richest African Americans in the south. Coleman was the illegitimate son of Rufus Clay Barringer, a Confederate general, and Roxanna Coleman, a slave owned by Daniel Coleman, Sr., of Concord. When slaves married, it was generally accepted that the man’s master would purchase the […]

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