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Dr. Ella Piper...Fort Myers’ best-known early black business leader may have been Dr. Ella Piper. In 1916, she opened the city’s first beauty parlor. She was a foot doctor, owner of the Big 4 Soft Drink Company and a landowner. Her beauty parlor’s clientele included the wives of inventor Thomas Edison and auto tycoon Henry Ford. Although it has been almost 60 years since her 1954 death at the age of 70, her name lives on in the Dr. Piper Center for Social Services Inc.

Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis

"Life Every Voice and Sing" sculpture was designed by Harlem Renaissance artist Augusta Savage for the 1939 World's Fair. It stood 16 feet tall. As a temporary installation, it was destroyed at the close of that fair.

At the 2002 Winter Olympics, Vonetta Flowers won the gold medal in the two-woman bobsled, becoming the first black person to win a gold medal in Winter Olympic history.

Ellen Holly, the first African American to star in a daytime series(One LIfe to Live, 1968).

Garrett Augustus Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic signal, also became the first African-American to own a car in Cleveland, Ohio

Tumblr CultureSOUL: *Sepia Visions* The African Americans Couples c. 1930s-1960s

Marpessa Dawn. A great actress who many forgot, but who's performance in her first film, "Black Orpheus", is now a classic.

CultureSOUL: *Sepia Visions* The African Americans Couples c. 1930s-1960s

CultureSOUL: *Sepia Visions* The African Americans Couples c. 1930s-1960s

Mary Smith. First Black Cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys!

Tragedy! This painting adequately reflects how fame and eventually infamy; adversely affected The King of Pop.

Chaka has ALWAYS had a GOREGOUS Mane!

Beautiful photograph of Correta Scott King and her lovely daughter.

The Hair. The Style. The Grace. The Flair. TINA!

Giving you more Tina! She's influenced soooo many!

Young Howard University Students Circa 1946.

Youth conducting a science experiment circa 1940's.

Two beautiful black make superstars who have aged soooo utterly gracefully!