MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE -  The Marquis de Lafayette, ally of Gen. George Washington during American Revolution, stopped in Cahaba during a tour of the United States in 1825. The city of LaFayette, in Chambers County, and Fayette County are named in his honor.

MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE - The Marquis de Lafayette, ally of Gen. George Washington during American Revolution, stopped in Cahaba during a tour of the United States in 1825. The city of LaFayette, in Chambers County, and Fayette County are named in his honor.

Singer Marvin Gaye and politician and civic servant Rev. Jesse Jackson play one-on-one basketball. 1976

Singer Marvin Gaye and politician and civic servant Rev. Jesse Jackson play one-on-one basketball. 1976

How did she die so young?? Only 35 or 36 years old. - "Dr. Georgia E.L. Patton (1864-1900), Memphis,Tn: Ex- Slave & The First Licensed Black Woman Doctor in the state of Tennessee."

How did she die so young?? Only 35 or 36 years old. - "Dr. Georgia E.L. Patton (1864-1900), Memphis,Tn: Ex- Slave & The First Licensed Black Woman Doctor in the state of Tennessee."

“In all my perplexities & distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light & strength.”    Robert E. Lee  (1807 – 1870) Military officer best known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War.

“In all my perplexities & distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light & strength.” Robert E. Lee (1807 – 1870) Military officer best known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War.

A beautiful lady. This is Selika Lazevski, a 19th century equestrian photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. She was an écuyère who performed haute école - which means she was an equestrian who rode high school dressage in French circuses in the 19th century. She was photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. More photos at (and photo credit belongs to) Ministère de la Culture (France) and http://vintageblackglamour....

A beautiful lady. This is Selika Lazevski, a 19th century equestrian photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. She was an écuyère who performed haute école - which means she was an equestrian who rode high school dressage in French circuses in the 19th century. She was photographed by Felix Nadar in 1891. More photos at (and photo credit belongs to) Ministère de la Culture (France) and http://vintageblackglamour....

In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, who was of African American and Native American descent. Marriage between people of different races were deemed illegal by 16 states. The case changed history and was captured on film by LIFE photographer Grey Villet.

In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the case of Richard Perry Loving, who was white, and his wife, Mildred Loving, who was of African American and Native American descent. Marriage between people of different races were deemed illegal by 16 states. The case changed history and was captured on film by LIFE photographer Grey Villet.

June 12, 1886, The Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson. This made Amanda Eubanks the wealthiest Negro in America. Mr. Dickson, a former slaveholder, willed more than half a million dollars to Ms. Eubanks. White relatives of Dickson, a bachelor, had contested the will on the grounds that it was illegal for a white man to leave property to his black illegitimate children.

June 12, 1886, The Georgia State Supreme Court sustained the will of the late David Dickson. This made Amanda Eubanks the wealthiest Negro in America. Mr. Dickson, a former slaveholder, willed more than half a million dollars to Ms. Eubanks. White relatives of Dickson, a bachelor, had contested the will on the grounds that it was illegal for a white man to leave property to his black illegitimate children.

1899 - Buck Franklin, son of a Chickasaw freedman (shown with his older brother, Matthew) was named after his grandfather, who had been a slave of a Chickasaw family in Oklahoma. Buck Franklin became a lawyer, and defended survivors of the Tulsa Riots in 1921 which had resulted in the murder of 300 African Americans.

1899 - Buck Franklin, son of a Chickasaw freedman (shown with his older brother, Matthew) was named after his grandfather, who had been a slave of a Chickasaw family in Oklahoma. Buck Franklin became a lawyer, and defended survivors of the Tulsa Riots in 1921 which had resulted in the murder of 300 African Americans.

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