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  • Lucretia ‘Aunt Lou’ Marchbanks

    Lucretia Marchbanks was one of the most interesting and most beloved people in Deadwood, South Dakota’s pioneer days. She was born into slavery on March 25, 1832, in Putman County, Tennessee, the oldest of eleven children. She was the bondswoman of Marti…

  • Caldonia Fackler "Cal" Johnson

    Caldonoia Fackler Johnson was born to Cupid and Harriet Johnson in Knoxville, Tennesse on October 14, 1844. The Johnson family, were slaves of Colonel Pless McClung. In his early teens, Johnson moved to McClung's Campbell Station estate, where he tended h…

  • Maude Brooks Cotton

    Maude Brooks Cotton (1872-1945), a native of Oberlin, Ohio, received her early school training at Knoxville College. Later she enrolled at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1896. In 1900 she was married…


  • Josephine Baker

    The great La Baker during a skit at Casino de Paris, circa 1932.

  • Lafayette Reid Mercer

    Lafayette Reid Mercer, for more than twenty years a policeman in Steubenville, Ohio was killed last July while arresting a drunken man. Mr. Mercer was one of the most efficient officers on the force and had kept his position during many changes of the ci…

  • A. Burrell

    A Justice of the Peace Mr. A. Burrell, a colored man of Carney, Iowa, was born in Virginia as a slave and is about sixty years of age. He came to Iowa in 1880 and lives in Crocker Township where there are about two hundred and fifty voting farmers…


  • Agnes Carver Jones

    History of the America Negro and his Institutions (Virginia Edition, 1917): The story of Mrs. Agnes Carver Jones of Falls Church, Virginia is a story of hard work and many struggles, but also a story of usefulness and of success. Mrs. Jones, whose maide…

  • Ora Brown Stokes

    Ora Brown Stokes (1882 - 1957), was born in Chesterfield County and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. During her life, she worked to improve the lives of African American women and girls. For twenty years she was employed as a probation officer with the…

  • Rose McClendon

    Rose McClendon was one of the most famous black dramatic actresses of the 1920s and 1930s. Although she did not become a professional actor until she was in her thirties, she consistently won critical acclaim for many of her acting roles and influenced th…


  • Ethel Waters

    Ethel Waters was born the daughter of Louise Howard, on October 31 1900, at her great-aunt Ida’s home in Chester, Pennsylvania. Waters was a product of rape. At the age of 13, Waters’ mother was raped by John Waters (pianist). Waters said about her childh…

  • Willa B Brown

    Photo signed by Ms. Brown, "To Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune "The Greatest Woman I Know" Sincerely, Willa B. Brown 6/9/1943 [Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation, Daytona Beach, Florida] [Willa Beatrice Brown Chappell. RICHES of Central Florida] A portrait of Willa…

  • Reckless Eyeballing: The Matt Ingram Case

    Under segregation, a person (of color) could be accused of “reckless eyeballing,” meaning an improper look at a white person, presumed to have sexual intent. Matt Ingram (a black tenant farmer) was convicted of this offense in North Carolina in 1951. [Jo…


  • Center Market Vendor

    Center Market (located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, NW) was a hub of activity for the District of Columbia's African American population during the 1800s. Both free and enslaved African Americans bought and sold produce at the market and operat…

  • J. Steward Davis

    James Steward Davis was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on October 11, 1890. He attended local public schools, and graduated from Dickinson College with a law degree. Admitted to the bar of Baltimore City, on December 22, 1915; Court of Appeals, June…

  • Elisa Greenwell

    Elisa Greenwell was a runaway from the residence of William Edelan of Leonardtown, Maryland in 1859. [Photo: 6th plate ambrotype] sold to the National Museum of African American History and Culture set to open September 2016 in Washington DC., for $37,50…


  • Brothers in Arms

    African American Union soldiers from L’Ouverture Hospital, in Alexandria, Virginia, probably taken between early December 1864 to early April 1865. The men – a corporal, eight infantryman, a drummer, and a fifer --- appear to have been arrayed as an Honor…

  • Stone Sisters

    The Stone sisters became the proprietors of the first black owned beauty parlor in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Their business was on the corner of Sixth Avenue, North, and Union Street near the present site of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The…

  • William P Newman

    Photo comes from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Info: 'Cincinnati's Underground Railroad,' by Dr. Eric R. Jackson and Richard Cooper, William P. Newman, who escaped slavery in Virginia during the 1830s, became the pastor of the Union B…


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