Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862) She was born into a royal West African dynasty, and was orphaned in 1848, when she was around five years old, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She spent her life between the British royal household and her...

England's first Black Queen, Sophie Charlotte born May 19,1744 Wife of King George III | African American Registry

10 People You Probably Didn’t Know Were Black. Queen Charlotte of England, wife of King George III. Queen Charlotte was the descendant of Alfonso III and his lover Madragana, who was "a Moor" ( an old term for someone of African or Arabic descent). The royal family spelled out its link to African ancestors in a published report released before Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953

Mme. Abomah "the tallest lady in the world."

Sarah Rector--By the age of 10, she became the richest Black child in America. She received a land grant from the Creek Nation as part of reparations. Soon after, oil was discovered on her property. By 1912, the revenue from this oil was $371,000 per year (roughly $6.5 million today). Despite various attempts to steal her land and fortune, Sarah resisted. She went on to attend Tuskegee University and eventually settled in Kansas City, Missouri where her mansion still stands.

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, born in 1838, married at age fifteen to an alcoholic and womanizer. She became the first woman to establish a brokerage firm on Wall Street and played an active role in the woman's suffrage movement. She became the first woman to run for President of the United States in 1872. Her name is largely lost in history. Few recognize her name and accomplishments.

“Mad as a hatter” In 18th and 19th century England mercury was used in the production of felt, which was used in the manufacturing of hats common of the time. People who worked in these hat factories were exposed daily to trace amounts of the metal, which accumulated within their bodies over time, causing some workers to develop dementia caused by mercury poisoning. Thus the phrase “Mad as a Hatter” became popular as a way to refer to someone who was perceived as insane.

MISS MAGGIE WALKER The daughter of a former slave, who in 1903 became the first woman of any race to found and become president of an American bank.

On the 70th Anniversary of the Execution of Sophie Scholl, 22 February 1943 - Sophie Scholl was a German woman executed by the Nazis for distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets. Prison officials, in later describing the scene, emphasized the courage with which she walked to her execution. Her last words were: "How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to offer themselves up individually for a righteous cause? Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go."

Queen Victoria ring

Notorious transvestites who scandalised London in 1870, Fanny & Stella. The day after their arrest, the ladies arrived sensationally at Bow Street magistrates court where nearly 1,000 people gathered to watch them be taken inside. The two men spent 4 months in jail awaiting trial, and if convicted, their sentence would be between 10 years and life in prison. But despite the fact that their apartment had been under surveillance for a year, the prosecution case was weak and the men were acquit...

Time travel will be invented in the year 2025. How do we know? Because that is the year that this delightful lady claimed to have traveled from. In the year 1898, according the contemporary reports, Alexandria Alexis appeared 'as if from nowhere' and took New York society by storm. Some fawned over her while others claimed she was insane. This debate was however rendered moot when, on New Year's Eve 1899, she simply disappeared...

Mary Ellen Wilson was born in 1864. Her father died shortly after she was born. Her mother could no longer take care of her and boarded her with a lady named Mary Score. At 2 years old Mary Ellen was sent to the foster home of Francis and Mary Connolly where she was severely abused for years. She was discovered and rescued at 10 years old and her case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Image dated 1874.

Queen Liliʻuokalani - last ruler of Hawaii - as a teenager. Her statement of surrender to the US ended: "...Now, to avoid any collision of armed forces and perhaps loss of life, I do, under this protest, and impelled by said forces, yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon the facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representative and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands."

♥ Kim Phuc was pictured in a world-famous and iconic photograph from the Vietnam war, running naked from an airborne attack, horribly burned with napalm, in June of 1972. Since then, Kim has found peace, and a message she can offer, borne of her suffering. She runs The Kim Foundation International, and she acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. She has transformed into a viable, visible symbol of peace and hope. Hers is an important story of resilience, courage, and forgiveness.

Olive Oatman was "the first white tattooed woman in the history of the United States..." ~ Olive Oatman was 13 when she travelled from Illinois to California with her Mormon family. On the journey, the family were ambushed by a Native American tribe, who killed all but Olive, her Sister (who lated died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). After being sold to another tribe, as a slave, she was tattooed (tattoo) and taken in as "one of their own". She was 'rescued' 5 years later.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. :)

Elizaveta Fedorovna (Elizabeth Romanova), a German princess in 1880’s-90’s Russia, where she married the fifth son of Tsar Alexander II. She was said to be the most beautiful woman in Europe. Her husband was killed by a bomb in 1905. A champion of the poor, she became a nun after her husband's murder. Arrested and buried alive 1918 by the Red Army. Canonized in 1981.

A father stares at the hands of his five year-old daughter, which were severed as a punishment for having harvested too little rubber. This is what was happening in the Congo at the hands of the Belgians under King Leopold. Let us be clear dear people who like to claim that because their parents were immigrants to America they never benefited from the slave trade. People were taken from Africa & exported as slaves to other countries, but Africans were also enslaved & killed on the continent.

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Louise Marie-Thérèse, the Black Nun of Moret and Black daughter of the Queen of France. Louise Marie-Thérèse, the Black Nun of Moret is rumoured to be the daughter of Maria Teresa of Spain, wife of Louis XIV of France. Apparently the Queen had an affair with her African attendant, Nabo, who came from Dahomey and was given to her as a gift. Louise Marie-Thérèse was whisked away secretly to the distant convent of Moret where she remained until her death in 1732.