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The Untold Story of Angelo Soliman, the Enslaved African Who Was Gifted to the Imperial Governor of Sicily in 1734

Angelo Soliman was an enslaved African man who was captured from a region in present-day Nigeria and gifted to the Imperial Governor of Sicily in 1734.

John Kimber: The Slaver Who Tortured an Enslaved Teenage Girl to Death for Refusing to Dance

John Kimber was a British captain in the late 18th century who gained notoriety for his brutal treatment of enslaved individuals. In particular, he was responsible for the torture and eventual death of an enslaved teenage girl.

The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on African Slaves by White Doctors

During the days of slavery, doctors looking for Human subject research always went for black slave bodies. They were the best options for two reasons, they were easily accessible and their lives were deemed worthless.

The Remarkable Story of C.R. Patterson and Sons, America’s First Black-Owned Car Company

C.R. Patterson and Sons was the first African American-founded car company in the United States. Established in 1915, the company was a testament to the ingenuity and determination of its founders, Charles Richard Patterson and his son Frederick.

Jacobus Capitein: The Ex-Slave Who Wrote a Dissertation Defending the Institution of Slavery

The ex-slave-turned-missionary Jacobus Capitein was a Ghanaian writer, poet, minister, and missionary best known for being the first person of African descent to be ordained as a minister in an established Protestant church

History of Human Zoos: How ‘Exotic Africans’ Were Displayed in Zoos in the West

During this time, people from various non-European cultures were brought to Europe and the United States and displayed in zoos as examples of "exotic" and "primitive" peoples.

Askari: The Indigenous Soldiers of European Colonial Armies in Africa

Askaris were soldiers recruited from local populations in Africa to fight for European colonial powers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Great Slave Auction of 1859: The Largest Single Sale of Enslaved Africans in U.S History

The Great Slave Auction of 1859 also called the weeping time was a significant event in American history, as it marked the last large-scale sale of enslaved people in the United States.

British Colonies in Africa and their Dates of Independence

The years of independence for the British colonies in Africa varied, with some countries gaining independence in the 1950s and others not achieving independence until the 1980s.

Amanirenas: The One-eyed African Queen Who Defended Her Kingdom Against the Roman Empire

Queen Amanirenas was a queen of the Kingdom of Kush, an ancient civilization located in what is now Sudan, during the 1st century BCE. She is known for leading her kingdom in a successful resistance against the Roman Empire during the reign of Caesar Augustus.

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Buck Breaking: How Slave Masters Used Rape to Emasculate Enslaved African Men

Buck breaking is said to have originated during the Atlantic slave trade, primarily in the Caribbean. It emerged as a means of punishment for rebellious african male slaves, intended to crush their spirits and prevent future resistance
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