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“Stagecoach” Mary Fields (c. 1832-1914) was born a slave in Tennessee and following the Civil War, she moved to the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana. In 1895, when she was around 60 years old, Fields became the second woman and first African American carrier for the US Postal Service. Despite her age, she never missed a day of work in the ten years she carried the mail and earned the nickname “Stagecoach” for her reliability. Fields loved the job, despite the many dangers and…

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Eartha Kitt - After expressing her negative views on the war in Vietnam at a White House luncheon, she was effectively blacklisted and didn't work in the States for fully a decade.

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African American troops, World War Two (looks like Europe, but the photo is uncredited and untraceable, alas. rw)

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First African American Grandmaster Maurice Ashley

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Nina Mae McKinney - one of the first African American leading actresses

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Young. The first Black person to attain the rank of Colonel in the United States Army and it's highest ranking Black man until the day he died. A true Buffalo Soldier...

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Meet Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of North Carolina. They have been married 85 years (86 in May) and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple and get this..Zelmyra is 101 years old and Herbert is 104. awesomeness.

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Adm. Michelle Howard becomes first four-star woman in Navy history

African American History.

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During the days of segregation, some businesses were only open to african american and people of color on certain days. Memphis Zoo was one of those establishments. Although this was still unfair, it is better than it being completely segregated.

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Bessie Coleman aka "Brave Bessie" or "Queen Bess”

Bessie Coleman, the daughter of a poor, southern, African American family, became one of the most famous women and African Americans in aviation history.

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Jim Perry (1858–1918) was an African American cowboy and top hand, the highest-ranked cowboy on the three million-acre XIT Ranch Texas. Perry established himself as an expert roper, rider, bronc buster, cook, and musician.

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