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SHADRACK WHITE, better known as "Buddie Shang", one of the freed Randolph slaves. He died in at the age of The Randolph slaves, were the first black settlers in Sidney, Ohio. Black History Facts, Black History Month, Strange History, American Photo, By Any Means Necessary, African Diaspora, Roadtrip, Interesting History, African American History

Born A Slave, Died Free--Freed Randolph Slaves' Journey From Virginia to Ohio

In 1833, John Randolph of Roanoke in Virginia died, freeing his slaves. After a 13 year battle in the courts due to the contesting of the will by his brother, the Randolph slaves were finally free to leave. This is their story, and follows their travel to Ohio to claim the land that John Randolph had provided the money for in his will, and the heartbreak they suffered once they arrived.

Patty-Jo was a black version of the popular hard plastic doll Terri Lee made by the Terri Lee Doll Company between 1947 and African American Culture, African American Dolls, Black Queen, Black History Facts, African Diaspora, Old Dolls, Doll Face, Black People, Black Is Beautiful

In mid-20th century America, most black dolls represented stereotypes, like mammies, dolls advertised as “picaninnies,” and raggedy little boys and girls. Cartoonist Jackie Ormes said, “No more Sambos… Just KIDS!” She transformed her spunky Patty-Jo cartoon character into the first American black doll to have an extensive upscale wardrobe.

Those famous words “Boop-Oop-A-Doop” that are so famously associated with Betty Boop, were first sung on stage in the Cotton Club by a jazz singer named Baby Esther. The "Betty Boop" cartoon charac. Harlem Renaissance, James Van Der Zee, Esther Jones, The Real Betty Boop, Black Betty Boop, Baby Esther, Just In Case, Just For You, Betty Boop Cartoon

Black History | Esther Jones |“Boop-Oop-A-Doop”

Those famous words “Boop-Oop-A-Doop” that are so famously associated with Betty Boop, were first sung on stage in the Cotton Club by a jazz singer named Baby Esther. The “Betty Boop” ca…

Matthias de Souza, an indentured servant, was the only black person to serve in the colonial Maryland legislature. As such he is the first African American to sit in any legislative body in what would become the United States. American System, African American Culture, Colonial America, African Diaspora, My Black Is Beautiful, Black History Month, African American History, History Facts, World History

Matthias de Sousa ( ? -- ? ) • BlackPast

Matthias de Sousa, an indentured servant, was the only black person to serve in the colonial Maryland legislature. As such he is the first African American to sit in any legislative body in what would become the United States. As one of nine indentured servants … Read MoreMatthias de Sousa ( ? — ? )

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Cast in Bondage: Charleston Slave Tags and Slave Badges

From the February 2003 edition of the Smithsonian Magazine, "Cast in Bondage Copper neck tags evoke the experience of American slaves hired out as part-time laborers," by Victoria Dawson: It seems, at first glance, an innocuous if enigmatic artifact, a copper medallion 1.5 inches square, rough-edged and engraved with the words "Charleston. 571. Porter. 1856." But the inscription—a city, a number, an occupation and a year—is stamped on a rare fragment of the past, known to scholars of the…

Historical Odd Couples-- Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley Us History, Women In History, History Facts, Black History, American Presidents, American Civil War, Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, American First Ladies

7 Historical Odd Couples

Find out more about the extraordinary circumstances of seven of history’s most unlikely friendships.

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15-Year Old Starts Tech Company, He's Now a Millionaire - Your Black World

by Dr. Boyce Watkins Jaylen Bledsoe is a one-of-kind superstar. The 15-year old sophomore started his own tech company a few years ago, and has found entrepreneurship to be his calling. As a result, he is his own man, and a millionaire because of it. Jaylen says that he started his firm when he was […]

An Infographic illustrating the African slave trade in American history. “African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy. Black History Facts, Black History Month, African American History, World History, Family History, Slavery History, History Books, History Quotes, European History

African American Slave Trade: Ships & Records for Genealogy

Use slave ship names and records found in newspapers to trace your ancestors. Learn how these records can help your find lost family history. Learn more!

Queen Victoria’s Black Princess At the age of five, Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, born into a royal Yoruba dynasty, was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a Black History Facts, Black History Month, Strange History, African American History, British History, African American Fashion, Tudor History, Vintage Photographs, Vintage Photos

Black Victorians: History Claims We’ve Only Ever Been Slaves

The Black Victorians. Who were they? And why haven’t we heard more about them? Similar to the legend that was Dido Elizabeth Belle, a biracial aristocrat (unearthed by filmmaker Amma Asante, …

Hazel Scott was one of the most prominent African Americans of the and One of the premier pianists of her time, she traveled the world playing classical and jazz music. Scott began appearing in films in the and by the was such a Famous Black, Best Black, Women In History, Black History, Kings & Queens, Divas, Black Actresses, Black Actors, Vintage Black Glamour

Best Black Film Actresses By Decade:1950s

The 1950s saw a burst of Black talent in Hollywood and in the world of entertainment in general. Seeing the start of the Civil Rights Moveme...

Many Native American Indians welcomed African-Americans into their villages. Even as slaves, many African-Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans. Many later became classified as 'Black Indians'. Native American Women, Native American History, American Indians, Cherokee Indian Women, Native American Photos, Black Indians, Native Indian, Choctaw Indian, Indian Tribes

Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans - thus many later became classified as Black Indians.

Claudia Gordon, the first deaf African American female attorney in the U., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It was her desire to address societal barriers faced by people with disabilities that motivated her to pursue Black History Facts, Black History Month, Black Art, African American Women, African Americans, African Diaspora, My Black Is Beautiful, Great Women, Black Girls Rock

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disabledgirlism: “ This incredible woman is Claudia Gordon, Claudia Gordon, the first Black deaf female attorney in the U.S., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It...