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"We were on our way to California for exhibition games when asked if we could stop off in Chicago and play. I didn't like the idea because George Halas didn't allow any blacks to play on his team. But I was going to Chicago and Chicago was my home and I couldn't turn it down." - Frederick Douglas Pollard participating in the first ever inter-shade all-star game pressing for integrated competition in professional football in 1922.

African American woman wearing beaded dress, with hat Portraits of African Americans from the Alvan S. Harper Collection (1884-1910)

African American fire fighters stationed at Hose Company No. 4, Los Angeles, CA 1919

African American Couple by Black History Album, via Flickr

African American Children by Black History Album, via Flickr c 1910

ca. 1870. Randolph L. Simpson African-American collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Students from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, early 1900's.

Black woman 1899