21. Little known black history fact On February 27, 2013 President Obama unveiled a 9-foot statue of Rosa Parks in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill. That marked the 100th birthday of the civil rights icon. The statue will be the first of an African American woman in our nations’ Capitol.
"The first martyr of the 1950s-era civil rights movement." "In 1951 after celebrating Christmas Day, civil rights activist Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette retired to bed in their white frame house tucked inside a small orange grove in Mims, Florida. Ten minutes later, a bomb shattered their house, their lives and any notions that the south's post-war transition to racial equality would be a smooth one. Harry Moore died on the way to the hospital; his wife died nine days later.
Nathaniel "Nat" Turner was an American slave who led a slave rebellion in Virginia on August 21, 1831 that resulted in 60 white deaths and at least 100 black deaths. Turner was convicted, sentenced to death, and hanged. In the aftermath, the state executed 56 blacks accused of being part of Turner's slave rebellion. Two hundred blacks were also beaten and killed by white militias and mobs reacting with violence.
Cathay Williams, Female Buffalo Soldier. Probable the same Cathay Williams, an ex-slave who cut her hair, masqueraded as a male, and became a Union soldier. If anyone has the correct details, please share with me.
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"Oldest Buffalo Soldier dies at 111" By Washington Post reporter Joe Holley September 15, 2005, - Retired 1st Sgt. Mark Matthews, 111, one of the last of the nation's legendary Buffalo Soldiers, died of pneumonia Sept. 6 at Fox Chase Nursing Home in Washington. Sgt. Matthews, who also was the oldest Buffalo Soldier, was heir to a proud military heritage that originated with the black soldiers who fought in the Indian wars on the Western frontier.
Amos Harris, known as"Big Amos" is said to have been Nebraska's first negro cowboy. He was reported to weigh between 250 pounds and 300 pounds, and was 6 foot 3 inches tall. He spoke 5 languages and it was reported that he was born south of Galveston, Texas, on the Brazos River, the son of freed slave parents. He was known as "One of God's True Nobelmen". He carried a raw-hide rope which he, himself, had braided. He was considered to be one of the best ropers in the Sandhills.