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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.
Barney Ford was born a slave in Virginia. At the age of twenty-five, he escaped and began a successful career in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. By 1860, he was living in Denver and became a prosperous tycoon in the hotel, restaurant, and barbershop businesses, earning the nickname the "Black Baron of Colorado." Throughout the Civil War, he gave financial assistance, food, and jobs to escaped and free African Americans.