Rebecca, Augusta & Rosa, freed from slavery, 1863

Ms. Esther Jones, known by her stage name, "Baby Esther," was an African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at The Cotton Club in Harlem. Her singing trademark was..."boop oop a doop, "in a babyish voice. Singer Helen Kane purportedly saw Baby's act in 1928 and "adopted" her style in her hit song "I Wanna Be Loved By You." Ms. Jones' singing style, along with Ms. Kane's hit song, went on to become the inspiration for Max Fleischer's "BETTY BOOP."

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862 Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was a child born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. She was around five years old. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence.


The Great Depression. This picture shows a man is jumping out of the window while the meeting is going on. This picture represents the great depression because people could not find a solution to slow down the depression, and people did not have the money to live in the bad economy.

Mother and child, circa 1890s. How often do you see photos like this of well-off black family before the turn of the century? And dark-skinned too!

I've heard these exact words used on the topic of slavery. I will never understand why this gets so swept under the rug.

The story of the hymn "it is well with my soul"


Banished, vividly recounts the forgotten history of racial cleansing in America, when thousands of African Americas were driven from their homes and communities by violent racist mobs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In fear for their lives, black people left these towns and never returned to reclaim their property. The film features black families determined to go to any length to reconstruct their families past and gain some justice for their ancestors and themselves.

Mahala Lynch Davis, slave and free woman. She was owned by Isaac P. Davis, who brought her to Ohio, freed her, then married her in 1857.

Rebecca, Augusta and Rosa. Slave Children from New Orleans.

African American Family by Black History Album, via Flickr

Black History Album, via Flickr

Mother and Children by Black History Album, via Flickr

Man and Daughter by Black History Album, via Flickr

House slave

Black Hollywood: Boarding House Blues by Black History Album, via Flickr

Black History Album, via Flickr

Slave Ship

Boys with Banjo by Black History Album, via Flickr