Mary Smith Kelsey Peake (1823–1862) taught many former slaves underneath Emancipation Oak. Sept 1861, she started a school near Fort Monroe, within present grounds of Hampton Univ. Supported herself as a dressmaker, & secretly taught from her home, instructing African Americans of all ages. Founded the Daughters of Zion to provide aid to the poor & the sick. In 1851 she married Thomas Peake, a former slave. Today, the city of Hampton honors Peake with a school, a street, & a park.

African American cowboys

Barney Ford was born a slave in Virginia. At the age of twenty-fire, he escaped and began a successful career in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures.By 1860, he was living in Denver and became a prosperous tycoon in the hotel, restaurant, and barbershop businesses, earning the nickname the "Black Baron of Colorado." Throughout the Civil War, he gave financial assistance, food, and jobs to escaped and free African Americans.

Jacob Lawrence- Influential African American artist known for his "Migration" series

Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960) was an African American folklorist and author during the time of the Harlem Renaissance, best known for the 1937 novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Dapper Young African American Young Man Cowboy

RARE CDV Photos Black African American Nanny w Charge Toy Drum Texas Slave (NOT REALLY SURE WHAT THIS CAPTION IS SAYING, JDB69)

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (January 26, 1892 – April 30, 1926) was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African American descent to hold an international pilot license

+~+~ Vintage Photograph ~+~+ African American boys who's stories have been left untold except for this touching photograph.

Hose Company No. 4 | 1919 African American fire fighters stationed at Hose Company No. 4, Los Angeles, CA

Althea Gibson broke the color barrier to become the first African American woman to compete on the world tennis tour

Comanche-African American family, Oklahoma, early 20th Century

African American History Inventors List! You will be surprised by this untold history ...


There was no fight. Trayvon's hands were clean & did not have any blood or bruising. That was all part of the lie George Zimmerman told to hide his real reason for shooting & killing Trayvon Martin. Those 6 jurors appeared to already have their minds made up, so their verdict would have probably been the same. #Bias in #Sanford

Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, 1927. Her history of activism began at age 9 handing out leaflets for Women's Suffrage. A photo of her and another protester beaten unconscious in the street on Bloody Sunday circulated globally, calling attention to protests in Alabama. Ran for the Congress from Alabama in 1964, the 1st female African-American ever to do so & the 1st female of any race to run for the ticket of the Democratic Party in Alabama. As of today she is 101 years old.

Jet magazine, March 10, 1955 — Dorothy Dandridge's Oscar nomination for Carmen Jones (1954). Dandridge was only the third African American to receive a nomination in any category, and the first to be nominated for Best Actress. Grace Kelly won that year for The Country Girl. It would take another 46 years before an African American would win Best Actress (Halle Berry in 2001's Monster's Ball).

150 years since Emancipation Proclamation.....Unknown woman born into slavery looks at the Emancipation Proclamation in 1947. Pres. Abe Lincoln: "I do order & declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, & parts of States, are, & henceforward, shall be free." It did not immediately free a single slave, though, because Pres. Lincoln did not have the power to enforce the declaration in the Confederacy. #Surreal

Rebecca, Augusta & Rosa, freed from slavery, 1863

In 1917, Lucy Diggs Slowe became the first African-American to win a major sports title, American Tennis Association. She was one of the original founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority at Howard University. In 1922, she was appointed the first Dean of Women at Howard University.