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Flash Black Photo: Portrait of Black Union Soldier | 1864

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 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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James H. Burrell: First African American to Serve on the Saint Paul, MN Police Department

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

In 1892, James H. Burrell, a former Pullman porter, was appointed the first African-American officer of the Saint Paul Police Department. This was 20 years before New York City appointed its first African-American police officer. Burrell served continuously at the department’s Rondo Sub-Station. Located on the western edge of Saint Paul, and the historic center […]

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Robert T. Freeman: One of the First African Americans to Graduate from Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

Robert Tanner Freeman was the first African-American to graduate from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Some records state that he may have also been the first African-American to be awarded a degree in the field of dentistry in the United States. Freeman, who was born in Washington, D.C., was the son of former slaves […]

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Lucy Ann Stanton, 1st Black American Woman To Earn 4-Year College Degree

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

As part of Women’s History Month, we remember educator and abolitionist Lucy Ann Stanton, the first black American woman to receive a four-year college degree. Born in Cleveland on Oct. 16, 1831, she entered Oberlin College in the mid-1840s. She became president of the Oberlin Ladies Literary Society and in 1850 delivered the graduation address […]

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Ten unknown facts about Malcolm X

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

Malcolm X was one of the most influential leader of the Black Civil Rights Movement. Here is the list of ten unknown facts about Malcolm X. As a child, his family was so underprivileged that on one occasion he said that “our family was so poor that we would eat the hole out of a […]

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Solomon Brown: First African American Employed by the Smithsonian Institution

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

Solomon Brown was the first African-American to work for the Smithsonian Institution. He served at the institution for 54 years from 1852 to 1906. While working at the Smithsonian, he held many positions and titles. He served under the first three Smithsonian Secretaries: Joseph Henry, Spencer Fullerton Baird, and Samuel P. Langley. Brown was also […]

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Schooled by Youtube: Something You Didnt Learn in School: TRUE STORY of Henrietta Lacks

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

In this video we found, we learn more about With original photos and film footage, this video focuses on Henrietta Lacks’ childhood, married life, and family, as well as her surprising contribution to society that has saved millions of lives. The Black Then Channel is an all-black history, news and commentary channel. Black Then features […]

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Benjamin Odeje: The First Black Player for England

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

Born 1955 in Nigeria, Benjamin Odeje is recognized as the first Black footballer to represent England at any level of competition. This distinction was originally held by Laurie Cunningham. Odeje arrived in England very early in life and settled in London where his mother was a nurse. Career Young Benjamin Odeje took to soccer very […]

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Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson: Retired US Air Force Officer/ Tuskegee Airmen, 332nd Fighter Group

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

Lt. Col. Alexander JeffersonLt. Col. Alexander Jefferson is a retired US Air Force officer, he is recognized for his great contributions as one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the 332nd Fighter Group. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Lt. Col. Jefferson is also the author of “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free: Memoirs […]

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Ring Legends: Frank Craig

Sep 05, 2019 01:00 am

Frank Craig--also known as “The Harlem Coffee Cooler”--was a boxer known to be very technical in his approach.

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