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"William Sanders Scarborough (February 16, 1852 - September 9, 1926) is generally thought to be the first African-American classical scholar. Scarborough served as president of Wilberforce University between 1908 and 1920 after having been born into slavery. He wrote a popular university textbook in Classical Greek that was widely used in the 19th century

The book, "The Sunburnt Queen"'by Hazel Crampton, is about a 7 year old English girl who washed up on the Wild Coast of South Africa in the 1730's & was adopted by her rescuers. She grew to be a woman of astounding beauty & wisdom, becoming the Great Wife of a prince. So starting a dynasty that extends to many of today’s Xhosa royal families. Because of her recessive gene in the blood line, every now & then, a child in the area is born with bright blue eyes.

Sgt. William H. Carney won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Civil War on July 18, 1863 (the first Black soldier to receive the coveted award). Sargent Carney, a member of the 54th Massachusetts Colored infantry was wounded twice during the charge on Fort Wagner, S.C. while rescuing the Union Flag.

Model Myrtle Crawford, L`Officiel 1953, Ball gown by Hubert de Givenchy // by dovima_is_devine_II, via Flickr