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Quobna Cugoano: The Remarkable Journey of a Ghanaian Slave who Became an Abolitionist in 18th Century Britain

Ottobah Quobna Cugoano was a Ghanaian abducted as a child and trafficked to Britain who rose above the horrors of slavery to become a famous abolitionist, working for the freedom and dignity of his fellow oppressed people.

Black Laws of 1804: The Statutes that Governed the Lives of African Americans in Ohio in the 19th Century

The Ohio Black Laws of 1804 were some of the earliest legal codes that explicitly discriminated against African Americans. These laws, enacted by the state legislature imposed numerous restrictions on the rights and freedoms of African Americans living in the state.

Alessandro De’ Medici: The First Black Duke in European History

As the first African-Italian duke in history, he is often referred to as "The Black Duke of Florence." His life and reign, though relatively short, left a lasting impact on Florence and the course of Italian history.

Anthony Crawford: The Wealthy Black Man Who Was Lynched for Arguing with a White Man in 1916

Anthony Crawford was a very successful Black entrepreneur, whose life took a tragic turn in 1916 when a disagreement over cottonseed prices led to his arrest and, ultimately, his lynching at the hands of a white mob.

Bai Bureh: The African Leader Exiled for Leading an Uprising Against the British in 1898

Bai Bureh was a Sierra Leonean ruler, military strategist, and Muslim cleric, who led an uprising against British rule in 1898 in Northern Sierra Leone.

John Blanke: The African Musician Who Played the Trumpet for King Henry VIII of England

John Blanke was an exceptional African musician who made an enduring impact within the Tudor court of England during the 15th century. He notably served as a trumpeter for both King Henry VII and his successor, King Henry VIII.

Wilson Chinn: The Branded Slave Whose Forehead Bore His Owner’s Initials

Wilson Chinn was an escaped American slave who gained recognition for being photographed with the initials of his owner, Volsey B. Marmillion, branded on his forehead.

Soweto Uprising: The Children’s Protest that Led to a Massacre in Apartheid South Africa in 1976

On June 16, 1976, thousands of black students took to the streets of Soweto to protest the compulsory use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in black schools. This peaceful demonstration turned into a tragic and violent event when police responded with brutality

Slocum Massacre: The Forgotten Texas Race Massacre of 1910

The Slocum Massacre was a violent incident that took place in the small town of Slocum, Texas, on July 29, 1910. During this event, a group of white mobs attacked and killed African American residents in the area.

Whipped Peter: The Photograph That Exposed the Brutality of American Slavery

Gordon, also known as "Whipped Peter," was a former enslaved man who became famous for being the subject of photographs that revealed the extensive scarring on his back from the brutal whippings he endured during slavery.

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John Brown: The Abolitionist Executed for Inciting a Slave Rebellion in West Virginia in 1859

John Brown was a prominent leader in the American abolitionist movement during the decades leading up to the Civil...
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