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Delphine LaLaurie: The Serial Killer Who Sadistically Tortured and Killed Her Slaves for Fun

Delphine LaLaurie was a prominent New Orleans socialite in the early 19th century who became infamous for the atrocities committed at her mansion, particularly after a fire in 1834 revealed the horrific conditions in which enslaved Africans were kept. Born...

James Gordon: The Reverend Who Led the Protests Against Ota Benga’s Exhibition in a Zoo in 1906

Born in the United States, James H. Gordon is best known for his courageous advocacy for social justice, particularly his efforts to end the dehumanizing exhibition of Ota Benga at the Bronx Zoo in 1906.

Augustus Tolton: The Runaway Slave Who Became a Catholic Priest in the US

Tolton was an African-American born into slavery in Monroe County, Missouri, around 1854. During the Civil War, he fled to Quincy, Illinois, with his family and eventually became the first publicly recognized Black Catholic priest in the United States. Tolton's...

Jonathan Walker: The Abolitionist Who Was Branded with Hot Iron for Helping Runaway Slaves

Jonathan Walker, also known as "The Man with the Branded Hand", was an American abolitionist who was branded on his hand by the United States Government with the markings "S S", for "Slave Stealer" for attempting to help seven...

Sarah Keys: The Army Veteran Who Was Arrested for Refusing to Give Her Seat to a White Marine in 1952

Sarah keys was an African American Army veteran and major figure in the civil rights movement in the United States who was arrested and jailed for refusing to give her seat to a white marine in 1952. Born in 1928...

Zephaniah Kingsley: The British Slave Trader Who Married a 13-Year-Old Enslaved African Girl

Zephaniah Kingsley Jr was a slave trader and planter who was well known for his advocacy for a more lenient and humane treatment of the enslaved and his unconventional relationship with an enslaved girl named Anna Madgigine. Born in Bristol,...

Akwamu Rebellion of 1733: The Earliest and Longest Slave Rebellions in the Americas

The 1733 Akwamu slave insurrection on St. John, which lasted from November 1733 until August 1734, was one of the earliest and longest slave rebellions in the Americas. The insurrection started on 23 November 1733, when 150 Akwamu slaves...

Kebedech Seyoum: The Fearless Ethiopian Resistance Fighter Who Fought Against Italian Occupation

Born in 1910, Kebedech Seyoum was a remarkable Ethiopian resistance fighter who played a crucial role in the fight against Italian troops during the occupation of Ethiopia in the 1930s. The Italian invasion of Ethiopia, also known as the Second...

Remembering Heartbreak Day: The Tragedy of New Year’s Day for Slave Families in the United States

Heartbreak Day, also known as New Year's Day, was a day of great fear and sadness for many enslaved families in the United States. It was a time when slave owners would often sell off their slaves to other...

The Legend of Kintu: The Father of all People

A mythical legend, Kintu, exists among the Baganda (a Bantu group and the largest ethnicity in Uganda). Kintu, the first man on earth, lived with a cow he depended on for milk. Gulu, the creator of all things, lived in...

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The Newark Riots of 1967 and how it was Ignited by Police Brutality

The Newark riots, which stand as one of the most devastating urban uprisings in American history, were part of...
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