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Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 – 31 March 1797) was a prominent African involved in the British movement for the abolition of the slave trade. He was enslaved as a child, purchased his freedom, and worked as an author, merchant, and explorer. He published his autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, one of the earliest self-written slave narratives.


Homo erectus is an extinct species of hominid that originated in Africa—and spread as far as China and Java—about 1.8 to 1.3 million years ago. It may be an Asian species slightly distinct from African ergaster but also a direct ancestor of later hominids including Homo sapiens. Some call H. ergaster the direct African ancestor of H. erectus, proposing that it emigrated out of Africa and migrated into Asia, branching into a distinct species.

African American x Cherokee ~It's a common misconception that many freed and escaped slaves went west where there was true freedom and were adopted by tribes taking Native American wives. The hidden truth is that Black Africans were in the "Americas" thousands of years BEFORE the Chinese crossed the Bering Strait. It was the Chinese mixing with the African Americans that created the Red Native American. History is more enjoyable when the truth is not omitted...

1940s African American girl

This is a portrait of a young African American woman. The photograph was taken in 1899. So many of the pictures of African Americans from this era are in the context of sharecropping and other more unfortunate circumstances. While we don't have any other details on this photograph, it appears that this woman, and her family have done better than what was typical for African Americans of this time.

At the turn of the 20th century, very few Chinese people but especially Chinese women thanks to the Page Act of 1875 were in the United States. Chinese Exclusion Acts prohibiting most Chinese from immigrating (beginning in 1882 and then expanding through the mid 20th century to exclude most other Asians) had the intended effect of severely decreasing the population of Chinese Americans. Laws like the Page Act that specifically barred female Asian immigrants made it nearly impossible for those Chinese who were born in the U.S. or Chinese who had immigrated before 1882 to have families. This was the first and only time in U.S. history that a racial group was singled out for immigration exclusion. Amelia Lee, pictured above, was a racial and gender minority in 1910 when this photo was taken. It’s likely from her age, name, fashionable clothes, and the studio portrait that she was born in the U.S. to a relatively well-to-do family. Credit: Los Angeles Public Library