Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery. They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith. Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'. In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm. Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later. They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.
During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946.
One of the most suppressed and hidden stories of African and African American history is the story of the 1811 Slave Revolt. Over 500 Africans, from 50 different nations with 50 different languages, would wage a fight against U.S. troops and the territorial militias. The revolt was put down by Jan. 11. The leaders were captured, placed on trial and later executed. Their heads were cut off and placed on spikes that stretched over 60 miles.
A real black princess. Sarah Forbes Bonetta was orphaned in African from inter tribal warfare. She was suppose to be sacrificed but was saved and brought to England by a Captain of the Royal Navy. She was presented to Queen Victoria and impressed her enough to be adopted as a Goddaughter of the queen and was raised in the middle class.
Florence Mills in 1923. She was born in 1895, to ex-slaves in a Washington, D.C. slum. By the age of four, she was performing on stage. By the 1920s, she was the toast of Broadway and London and the first black woman featured in Vogue. Her trademark song, ‘I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird’ was a protest against racial inequality. Mills died in 1927, aged only 31.
READ: Outspoken on racial inequality, Joyce Bryant defied the KKK threats & became the 1st black entertainer to perform in a Miami Beach hotel night club in 1952. With a style combining Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland & Grace Jones, entertainment columnist Walter Winchell called Ms Bryant "the Voice you will always remember." Because of her style-worthy defiance of the KKK, Ms Bryant packed the big-room venues in the '50s. She also trained later vocalists Jennifer Holiday & Phyllis Hyman.
Photograph, taken in 1925 of a girl visiting the grave of her twin sister who died in a house fire the year before. Parents of the girl saw her, on many occasions, talking to her sister like she was playing in her room, but no one was there, and they thought it was just part of the grieving process.
Racism history for African Americans in a quick picture. The picture shows what racism with African Americans has been like with simple stats. Although it does not describe the individual suffering it does show that change is still happening. Racism is deeply rooted and has been evolving but with a position if power belonging to a African American man there is still a chance for real change.
Child survivors in Auschwitz shortly after liberation by the Red Army. They belonged to Dr. Mengele's group of human guinea pigs for "research" into the genetic profiles of twins -- a subject dear to the mass murderer known as the White Angel.
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Misses Fannie Mills (August 30, 1860 or 1859 - 1899), AKA "The Ohio Big Foot Girl," she had a disease called Milroy Disease which caused for legs and feet to become gigantic. She was born in Sussex, England and had two sisters. Both other sisters were born normally. She was married to William Brown in 1886. William was born in 1834 and died in 1904. Fannie was only 39 when she died. She had a baby in August of 1887, but it died. Fannie's feet got to be 17 inches long, until she died in 1899.
A picture of a boy named George, forced into a frilly dress. The basket he's holding contains bay leaves, which in the Victorian language of flowers means "I change but in death". His twin sister died and his parents wanted a keepsake of her so this was the nearest they could get. I imagine they found comfort in it, but it seems quite strange to me.