Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, April 6, 1949 Born (1875-07-10)July 10, 1875 Mayesville, South Carolina, United States Died May 18, 1955 (aged 79) Daytona Beach, Florida, United States Occupation Educator, Author, and African American Civil Rights Leader Spouse Albertus Bethune, died 1918
Leontyne Price as Cleopatra, 1966 -Mary Violet Leontyne Price (born Feb 10, 1927) an American soprano. She rose to international acclaim in the 1950-1960s - one of the first African Americans to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera. Critic characterized Price's voice as "vibrant", "soaring" & "a Price beyond pearls", as well as "genuinely buttery, carefully produced but firmly under control", with phrases that "took on a seductive sinuousness."
Prince Hall's grave, Boston. On March 6, 1775, an African American named Prince Hall was made a Master Mason in Irish Constitution, He was free by birth. The African Americans were given the authority to meet as a Lodge, form Processions on the days of the Saints John, and conduct Masonic funerals, but not to confer degrees nor to do other Masonic work. They applied for and obtained a Warrant for Charter from the Grand Lodge of England in 1784 and formed African Lodge #459.