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    St. Francis de Sales at Mt.Pleasant and St. Emma at Belmead have a rich human history that includes Native Americans, African Americans, and Europeans. They are places of past and present human activity. The mansion at Belmead is on the historic register, and St. Francis de Sales is in the process of obtaining this status. Both buildings are significant for groups of persons who have been connected through time to the land and the heritage that connects both sites.

    Bessie Coleman, the daughter of a poor, southern, African American family, became one of the most famous women and African American in aviation history.

    Breathtaking Drone Footage of Historic St. Francis School -- Powhatan, V...

    Misty Copeland, First African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre in NYC.

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    Thelma Johnson Streat was the first African American woman to have a painting exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, in 1942.

    Frederick Madison Roberts (1879-1952) Descendant of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, first African American member of the California legislature.

    John Mercer Langston John Mercer Langston (1829�1897) was Virginia's first African American congressman, serving one term from 1879 to 1881. Born a free man in Louisa County, Langston received an education at Oberlin College in Ohio before he became president of Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (1885), which is today known as Virginia State University.

    On May 23, 1900 Sergeant William Harvey Carney became the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his heroism on July 18, 1863 in the Assault on the Fort Wagner during the Civil War.

    Lillyn Brown (1885–1969)], vaudeville and musical theater entertainer, ca. 1920 Photographer: Earl-Broady Studios, Schenectady, New York. The Daniel Cowin Collection of African American Vernacular Photography

    Old student uniforms from the St. Francis and St. Emma schools hang in a display at Belmead.

    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

    Willa Brown Chappell co-founded the National Airmen’s Association of America, an organization whose mission was to get African Americans into the United States Air Force. In 1940, she and her first husband, Lieutenant Cornelius R. Coffey started the Coffey School of Aeronautics, where some of the approximately 200 pilots who trained there eventually became “Tuskegee Airmen.”

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    St. Francis de Sales High School Building

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

    Sign ("Dictatorship") on tree, Powhatan County, Va., 1962-1963 :: Edward H. Peeples Prince Edward County (Va.) Public Schools - Date of Photograph 1962-1963 - Sign on tree on U.S. route 60 in Powhatan County, Va., on south side of highway about two miles from Cumberland County line. It followed an order by Federal District Judge John Butzner to admit six African Americans to two Powhatan County Public Schools & also enjoining county officials from closing schools to avoid desegregation.

    "Why isn't this in our history books?" Unfortunately, we all know, right?

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    African American Family, c. 1860 Credit: National Museum of American History Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were.