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Vintage African American Photos

I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. Muhammad Ali


Vintage African American Photos

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Hank Thomas, one of the original 13 Freedom Riders

Vintage African American photography

Langston Hughes

A Negro Intellectual Tells His Life Story

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A man and his dogs, 1907

Dr. King and Coretta Scott

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Marriage Profile

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George W. Walker in “In Dahomey”, 1903. Photo by Cavendish Morton. "In Dahomey" was "the first full-length musical written and played by blacks to be performed at a major Broadway house." In 1903 it was heralded as "the most popular musical show in London". George W. Walker was also husband to Vaudeville sensation Aida Overton Walker, when he became too ill to perform she often wore his White Tie costume, playing his role + her own. lascasartoris.tum...

National Portrait Gallery - Person - George W. Walker

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Fultz Quadruplets (born May 23, 1946, Rockingham, North Carolina) became the first identical African American quadrulets on record. They are pictured meeting President Kennedy.

students from the black panther school in oakland, california. (1969)

I have a dream...

Although it's an incredibly chilling time in history, it's an amazing photo. Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics which were held in Nazi Germany.

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John 'Bud' Rogan (1868-1905) of Tennessee was the second tallest man in history at 8' 9''. His abnormal growth started at age 13 and he became unable to walk a few years later. He got around with a goat cart and was known for his extremely deep voice and playful attitude. He was 300 lbs at one time but had wasted to 175 lbs by the time of his death at age 37.

Henry Clay Anderson, Little Girl with a Black Doll in the Studio, ca. 1960

Freedman's Cemetery This area of Dallas County was settled by former African American slaves shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War. Freedman's Cemetery, a graveyard for African Americans, was established in 1869 on one acre of land purchased by trustee Sam Eakins. www.texasescapes....

Freedman's Cemetery, Dallas, Texas.

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New Orleans Cotillion Ball, 1963. Richard Avedon

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Tuskegee Airmen: 1945

Tuskegee Airmen: 1945

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Thomas Mundy Peterson, first African American to vote, March 31, 1870. yup, African American men were given the right to vote before women of any color.

Black Houdini [1920s]

Black History Album .... The Way We Were

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Black soldiers stationed in France during world war II Magdalene Linck says: "my grandpa (on left) with friends during the war"

Septima Poinsette Clark..Educator, Civil Rights Activist..born in 1898, she was instrumental in founding nearly 900 citizenship schools, which ultimately helped African Americans register to vote...

This 1868 photo is entitled "Magby Peterson and his Nanny." The little girl may have been considered fortunate to be chosen to work as a nany rather than a field worker. However, house servants were usually isolated from their families and community. She may have never lived with her parents again after being given this job. Florida State Archives.

America's Children

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Mabel Keaton Staupers , Led Battle to End Racial Prejudice in Nursing – (1890 to 1989) – Color was the greatest obstacle that had to be faced by every black aspiring to become nurse in the early years.had to win over her skin color. She fought hard to finally and fully integrate black nurses into the nursing profession in the U.S., at the time wherein every available medical aid was badly needed, during the Great Depression and World War II

Druella Jones or "Aunt Jonas," Alabama, 1915 age 94. "She and two others were the only old slaves I found who were not loyal to their owners. During the [civil] war she tried to burn her master's house"

On March 3, 1859 the largest sale of human beings in America was held at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia. During the rainy weekend known as "The Weeping Time" 436 men, women, and children were auctioned, with proceeds of over $300,000. #TodayInBlackHistory

"The Weeping Time" occurs | African American Registry

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Bessie Smith; There were two, Bessie Smith & Louis Armstrong the mother & father of Blues, Jazz & Pop. At one point Bessie was the highest paid Black performer in America. Billie Holiday & Janis Joplin are only two of the artists that acknowledge the influence of The Empress. Joplin would later pay for the headstone that adorns Bessie's final resting place. Empress of The Blues.

Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1913 - May 3, 1967) was an American Actress Dubbed “The Black Garbo”, she was one of the first African American film stars and was one of the first African-Americans to appear on British television