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american pacifist james zwerg after being beaten by a mob in montgomery, alabama in 1960 as part of the freedom riders. zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. he would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.

The man in the cowboy hat, Carlos Arredondo, was at the Boston Marathon with his wife handing out American flags when the bombs exploded. He immediately ran towards the danger, jumped two fences and found the now-famous man in the wheelchair on the ground, both his legs blown off, and suffering from severe shock and critical wounds. He got him into a wheelchair and pinched the man's artery closed with two of his fingers. Because of Carlos, this man is alive today.

This is Barbette. Acrobat, Drag Queen, contemporary of Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Josephine Baker, Picasso, and at one time the toast of Paris in the 1920s. Born Vander Clyde Broadway in Round Rock, Texas in 1899, he learned how to walk on the tightrope as a part of  World Famous Alfaretta Sisters act, where he began to dress as a woman and create his act. After touring with Vaudeville shows around the nation, he moved to Paris and quickly became immensely popular, noted for taking his wig off…