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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
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13 years old Stevie Wonder and Muhammad Ali ~ 1963

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"Cracker". Red neck came from people working in the field picking cotton (yes poor whites picked cotton too) and they got sun burned on the neck from bending over picking the cotton.

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In 1952, Ruby McCollum, the wealthiest African-American woman in Live Oak, murdered the town’s beloved doctor, a white man named Leroy Adams. She said it was the only way she knew to end six years of rape. The case would help show that a persistent form of bondage plagued the South for a century after the Civil War — “paramour rights,” the assumption that white men had a right to use African-American women for sex.

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Pinellas producers revisit 1952 murder case

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The first graves in Arlington National Cemetery were dug by James Parks, a former slave. Parks was freed in 1862 He still lived on Arlington Estate when Secretary of War Stanton signed the orders designating Arlington as a military burial ground. Parks worked as a grave digger and maintenance man for the cemetery. When he died on Aug. 21, 1929, Secretary of War Stimson granted special permission for him to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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James Parks (1843 - 1929) - Find A Grave Memorial

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Slaves off a ship from Africa

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Susie Baker King Taylor (Aug 6th, 1848 - October 6th, 1912).... Ms. Taylor is the daughter of slaves; an African American army nurse; she worked with the black Union troops during the Civil War. She was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. She was also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.

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Susie Taylor

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Massacre of the slaves who did not die in vain: THE ZONG BY JAMES WALVIN

Black hole: Slaves on The Zong lived in these conditions for a year before they even left the shores of Africa

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SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900

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The most uncomfortable breastfeeding photo you will see

LEST WE FORGET..Slave owners forced slaves to NURSE their children and babies during slavery! Yes, it's a fact...Now, in 2013, we have a story of a 'father' who doesn't want black RN's to even TOUCH his child...This photo depicts ~ An African mother and slave, presumably wet-nursing for a white master’s baby while her own child goes without..

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The most uncomfortable breastfeeding photo you will see

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January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. [Written on the back of this 1860s photograph] : "...Oh, let me live in Freedom's Land, or die if still a slave....". SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900

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