Elderly Black confederate veteran. Many free blacks, with business, living in or around New Orleans put on the Confederate uniform to protect their property from Union forces after reaching out to General Robert E. Lee.
The Whitman Sisters “Royalty of Negro Vaudeville” “So completely has evidence of the Whitman Sisters disappeared that it’s almost as if someone had deliberately cut them out of the pages of show business history. Yet for forty years from the late 1890s to the late 1930s, the Whitman Sisters shows were the biggest, fastest, flashiest shows in black vaudeville. Their annual touring show became an incubator for talent—especially dancers."
Surya Bonaly a black French-American three-time World silver medalist, a five-time European champion, the 1991 World Junior Champion and a nine-time French national champion. Surya became best known for her amazing free skate at the 1998 Winter Olympics, where she performed her one bladed back flip. To this day she is the only skater to ever do this. Learn about more athletes. African American History in the Winter Olympics Games.
In 1884, Lewis Colson,a former slave, came with the surveying crew to plat the town of Sarasota. In 1897, Colson and his wife, Irene, the midwife for the black community, donated land for the area’s first African American Church, the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Colson became its first minister. In those days the black community was chiefly in an area known as Overtown which grew as more African Americans came to Sarasota.