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Flash Black Photo: Women’s League – Newport, R.I.

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

1469435945_549_Flash-Black-Photo-African-American-Group-Portraits.jpgAt 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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Omar Ibn Said: Writer and Islamic Enslaved Scholar

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Omar Ibn Said was born in present-day Senegal in Futa Tooro, a region along the Middle Senegal River in West Africa. He was born into a wealthy family, but was captured during a military conflict and taken across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. After being captured, Said continued to practice his Islamic beliefs and […]

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Dr. James H. Cameron: Black Holocaust Museum Founder, Lynching Survivor

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Dr. James Herbert Cameron, Jr. is best known as a prolific writer, a survivor of lynching, and a founder of the Black Holocaust Museum. Dr. Cameron was born in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, to a father who worked as a barber and was extremely abusive. By the time he turned seven years old, his parents had divorced. […]

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Ask A Slave S2Ep3: What About the Indians? [VIDEO]

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Ask A Slave is a satirical web series based on the actress’ time working as a living history character at the popular historic site, George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Starring Azie Dungey as Lizzie Mae and directed by Jordan Black. All questions and interactions are based on true events. Real Questions. Real Comedy. Learn more @ […]

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Camilla Williams: First Black Operatic Singer to Receive Contract with Major Opera Company [Video]

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Camilla Williams was an operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. She trained with some of the best teachers in New York City, and was the first black person to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera. Williams was born Camilla Ella Williams in Danville, Virginia, to […]

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 Sarah Forbes Bonetta | The Stolen Princess Who Used Intellect To Free Herself From Captors

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a princess of the Egbado clan of the Yoruba people, is best known as the goddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Bonetta was born in 1843 in what is now southwest Nigeria. Her parents’ names are unknown as are the names of her siblings who were all killed in the 1847 […]

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United States Colored Troops Participated in the Capture of Fort Fisher

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

In 1865, the Union army and naval forces engaged in a successful attempt to capture Fort Fisher and take Wilmington, North Carolina, which was the South’s last blockade-running port. There were numerous United States Colored Troops who took part in the fight. Former slaves and free blacks served under white officers. Though casualty figures for the […]

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Holmes v. Ford (1853): Held in Bondage in the State of Oregon

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Robin and Polly Holmes were African Americans who were being held in bondage in the state of Oregon. Slaveholder Nathaniel Ford arrived in Oregon in 1845, bringing the Holmes couple with him. Ford had acquired the Holmes as slaves while he served as sheriff of Howard County, Missouri, in 1841. He had promised to grant […]

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John Hope: Only College President to Participate in the Initial Niagara Movement Meeting

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

John Hope was a prominent civil rights activist and educator. He was the only college president to participate in the initial meeting of the Niagara Movement in 1905. Hope was born in Augusta, Georgia in 1868. His mother was the daughter of an emancipated slave and his father, James Hope, was a native of Scotland. […]

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Alice Woodby McKane: First Black Woman Doctor in Savannah, Georgia

Mar 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Alice Woodby McKane was the first black woman to work as a doctor in Savannah, Georgia. Born in 1865, she endured a major setback when both of her parents died before she reached seven years old: she lost her vision for three years. However, despite these obstacles, McKane went on to graduate from the Institute […]

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