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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.

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.

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Dapper Young African American Young Man Graduation Day

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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."

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RARE CDV Photos / Young Black African American Nanny w Charge and Toy Drum / TEXAS

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

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African American History Inventors List! You will be suprise at what black inventors created that we use today

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

Dr.Jane Cooke Wright, African American Cancer Research Living Legend and Pioneer. See more details about her life and work at: "Changing the Face of Medicine":

JUNETEENTH, JUNE 19, 1865 | came to mark a new beginning and a true independence day for African American Texans. The first official Texas Juneteenth celebration was organized by the Freedmen’s Bureau and it was held in Austin in 1867. For many years resolutions recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day have been introduced in Congress by a number of senators and the hope is that some day, the Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday.

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.

'Envisioning Emancipation'... Picturing freedom: How former slaves used photography to imagine & create their new lives after Emancipation. Subsequently, the book shows how photography was central in the war against slavery, racism & segregation. Read more: