Hose Company No. 4 | 1919 African American fire fighters stationed at Hose Company No. 4, Los Angeles, CA

Hose Company No. 4 | Fire fighters, Los Angeles, CA 1921

In 1921, the Greenwood Avenue district of Tulsa, Oklahoma was an exemplar of what a motivated African American middle class could accomplish. Dubbed, "The Negro Wall Street," Greenwood Avenue was populated by successful African American families, businesses, hospitals and churches. All this would change on May 31.

Rosemary Roberts Cloud - the first African American Female Fire Chief in the United States.

In 1917, five years after its inception, the first troop of African American girls was formed. This photo, taken in the late 1930s, is of the first African-American troop in the Dixie Region, which covered the Southern states. Source: Girlscouts.org

Maj. Robert H. Lawrence, first African American Man in Space

During the days of segregation, some businesses were only open to African American and people of color on certain days. Memphis Zoo was one of those establishments.

19 Mar 41: The 99th Pursuit Squadron is activated, also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all-black unit of the Army Air Corp. During WWII, African Americans in many US states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. #WWII #History

Los Angeles’ first telephone pay station, 1899.

On September 1, 1977, Bobby C. Wilks became the first African American in the Coast Guard to reach the rank of captain. He was also the first African American Coast Guard aviator. He later became the first African American to command a Coast Guard air station.

Rosie the Riveter, African American style

Thomas Mundy Peterson, first African American to vote,31st March 1870.

“Fire fighter rescuing child” ca. 1960

African American History.

African American Art | Famous People - Great African American Men by Wishum Gregory at ...

The only known photograph of an African American Union soldier with his family. c1863-65.

African American Buffalo Soldier and his Native American wife.Tumblr

Firemen back in the day.....

First Massive African American Protest in American History - July 28, 1917 - The riots in East St. Louis began when whites, angry because African Americans were employed by a factory holding government contracts, went on a rampage. Over $400,000 worth of property was destroyed. At least 40 African Americans were killed. Men, women and children were beaten, stabbed, hanged and burned. Nearly 6,000 African Americans were driven from their homes.

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his grandson Joseph. Photo: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture