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Bridget “Biddy” Mason, born a slave in Mississippi in 1818, achieved financial success that enabled her to support her extended family for generations despite the fact that she was illiterate. In a landmark case she sued her master for their freedom, saved her earnings, invested in real estate, and became a well-known philanthropist in Los Angeles, California.

Bridget "Biddy" Mason (August 1818 in Hancock County, Georgia – January 1891 in Los Angeles, California) was an African American nurse, and a California real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Nothing new family, but the power of knowledge can stop these cycles of abuse…

This is what happens when you don't know your history! Don't perpetuate these degrading behaviors, educate yourself!

Raven Wilkinson, one of the first Black/African American ballerinas to join a major ballet company

deafmuslimpunx: “Raven Wilkinson, one of the first Black/African American ballerinas to join a major ballet company (see earlier post) “ When Raven Wilkinson was about five years old, her mother took her to the City Center Theater to see the Ballet.

Dr. Eliza Ann Grier was the first Black American woman licensed to practice medicine in Georgia.

Elizabeth Ann Grier, the first African-American woman licensed to practice medicine in Georgia. She was an emancipated slave who alternated every year of her medical education with a year of picking cotton in order to pay for her training.

The first slaves imported into the American colonies were 100 White (Irish) children. They arrived during Easter, 1619, four months before the arrival of a the first shipment of Black slaves.

Top Post:: THE IRISH SLAVES:WHAT THEY WILL NEVER, EVER TELL YOU IN HISTORY CLASS OR ANYWHERE ELSE….White and Black Slave

The first slaves imported into the American colonies were 100 White (Irish) children. They arrived during Easter, four months before the arrival of a the first shipment of Black slaves. Read: Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl

C1900 Texas, African American Woman, a Former Slave in this  Haunting Photograph.  She is wearing her best dress and a dazzling white apron and has a flower tucked into her sleeve.

CultureSOUL: *The Ancestors* “Yes’m, I saw some slaves sold away from the plantation, four men and two women, both of ‘em with little babies. The traders got 'em. Sold 'em down to Mobile, Alabama.

4 little Black girls killed in Birmingham church bombing

not forgotten -- September 15 on this day the Street Baptist Church bombing: Four children killed at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama. (Clockwise from top left, Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair)

Appalachian people who boasted of Portuguese ancestry to avoid slavery were actually African descendants

Ancient Appalachian people boasted of having Portuguese ancestry to avoid slavery. Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.

Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield (1824-1876) was called "the Black Swan" because of the elegance of her voice and grace of her state presence. Born a slave in Natchez, MS, she was freed when her mistress joined the Society of Friends. She began studying music in 1846. In 1854, she became the first African American singer to perform for Britain's royal family.

Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield dubbed "The Black Swan", was an African-American singer considered the best-known black concert artist of her time

1944: First African American to receive a contract with a major American opera company: Camilla Williams.

First African American to receive a contract with a major American opera company: Camilla Williams.

Paul Williams became famous for his role in designing the Los Angeles International Airport and over 2000 homes in Southern California. Many of the most beautiful houses in Hollywood were designed by Paul Williams. He joined the Los Angeles Planning Commission and he became the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 1957, he was the first Black elected to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows.

February Paul Williams, architect, was born in Los Angeles. He became the first African-American to join the American Institute of Architects.

The real-life Django: The legendary African-American Wild West marshal who arrested 3,000 outlaws and killed 14 men  Bass Reeves was born a slave in 1838 and later broke from his owner to live among Native Americans  Reeves became a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1875 at the age of 38  During his 32-year career as a Deputy Marshal he arrested 3,000 felons, killed 14 men and was never shot

The real-life Django: black Wild West marshal Bass Reeves who arrested 3,000 outlaws and killed 14 men

Bass Reeves was born a slave in 1838 and later broke from his owner to live among Native Americans. Reeves became a Deputy U. Marshal in 1875 at the age of 38 During his career as a Deputy Marshal he arrested felons, killed 14 men and was never shot.

Awesome Gone But Not Forgotten: Happy Birthday To The First Black Female US Delegate To The United Nations, Edith Spurlock

Edith Spurlock Sampson (October 1898 – October was an American lawyer and judge, and the first Black U. delegate appointed to the United Nations.

Civil War veteran Sylvester Magee lived to be 130 years old (1841-1971) . He was likely the last living human being who possessed any firsthand memory of the trials of the Civil War or institutionalized #slavery. Some historians have stated it would have been impossible for a person who neither rea

Civil War veteran Sylvester Magee lived to be 130 years old . He was likely the last living human being who possessed any firsthand memory of the trials of the Civil War or institutionalized slavery.

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My great-great-great grandfather, James W. Pennington officiated the marriage of Frederick Douglass to Annie Murray.