Rare Photograph Of Slave. A haunting 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel next to another unidentified young boy. In April, the photo was found at a moving sale in Charlotte, accompanied by a document detailing the sale of John for one thousand five hundred dollars- not a small sum in 1854.
Henry Ossain Flipper Born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia, on March 21, 1856, Henry Ossian Flipper was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1873. Over the next four years he overcame harassment, isolation, and insults to become West Point’s first African American graduate and the first African American commissioned officer in the regular U.S. Army.
Redd Foxx (born John Elroy Sanford), stand-up comedian and actor. He was best known for his starring role on Sanford and Son. He was called Red because of his reddish hair and complexion, and took the surname Foxx from baseball star Jimmie Foxx. He was one of the 1st black comics to play to white audiences in Las Vegas and became known as the "King of the party records," performing on over 50 records in his lifetime. His other work includes Cotton Comes to Harlem, and Harlem Nights. R.I.P.
Lady Clementina Hawarden (British photographer) 1822 - 1865, Clementina and Isabella Grace Maude, 5 Princes Gardens; Photographic Study, ca. 1859-64, sepia photograph, mounted on card, 11.5 x 9 cm. Victorian and Albert Museum, London.