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Ona ‘Oney’ Judge Fled Slavery During Washington’s State Dinner

  Slavery was a cruel and miserable time for people of color. Often beaten, tortured, and separated from their families, the enslaved people’s resistance to...

Rough and Tough, Stagecoach Mary Got the Mail Delivered...

Narrow trails. Steep terrain. Deep sand. Endless mud. Those were the dangers of many stagecoach routes throughout America’s West. That these areas were mostly...

Black Cowboy Nat Love Earned Reputation for Ridin’ and Ropin’...

Historians estimate that one in four cowboys was Black, yet little is known about their lives and adventures in the Wild West.The cowboy lifestyle...

Oneseimus: The First Stage to Eradicate Smallpox

Terrifying news had reached Boston: the infectious, debilitating disease Smallpox had reached the colonial town and was spreading rapidly. Its first victims, passengers on...

Shelton Johnson Maintains the Legacy of the Buffalo Soldier

It wasn’t until after the Civil War that Black soldiers could enlist in the U.S. Army as more than volunteers. These men enlisted for...

Learning Black History Year Round: Pioneer of Independent Cinema, Oscar Devereaux...

Of the many creative people who collaborate on a motion picture, the director is regarded as the pivotal individual who serves as both the...

June is Black Music Month

From African slaves who cultivated their own musical styles, to fiddlers who provided dance music for the Southern white gentry, to the lyrical cries...

Nurse Bessie Blount’s Therapies and Invention Help Wounded WWII Vets

Learning Black History Year Round When she was 7 years old, Bessie Blount Griffin was slapped on the knuckles for writing with her left hand....

News of Freedom Gets to Texas Two Years Late, Giving...

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This...

Henry “Box” Brown Mailed Himself to Freedom

Learning Black History Year Round There are many stories told about extraordinary slave escapes. Without maps or compasses, many depended on quilts, songs, and even...
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