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Isaac Simmons: The Black Minister Brutally Lynched by a White Mob for His 220-Acre Land in 1945

Reverend Isaac Simmons was a Black preacher and farmer from Amite County, Mississippi, who was murdered by a gang of white men in 1945 for his land, which was rumoured to contain oil deposits. Born in 1879, Reverend Simmons inherited...

The Remarkable Story of Charles L. Reason: The First Black College Professor in the United States

Charles Lewis Reason, an American mathematician, linguist, and educator, was the first black college professor in the United States. He taught at New York Central College in McGrawville.

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...

The Brutal Lynching of Frazier B. Baker and His Infant Daughter by a White Mob in 1898

In 1897, when Frazier B. Baker, an African-American educator, assumed the role of postmaster in Lake City, South Carolina, local whites objected angrily and launched a campaign to remove him. Despite their efforts, when they failed to remove Baker...

Remembering Bruce Boynton: the Activist Who Was Arrested and Jailed for Ordering Burger at a Whites Only Restaurant

Boynton's simple act of ordering a cheeseburger in a whites-only restaurant sparked a legal battle that led to significant changes in the country's discriminatory practices.

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...

The Brutal Lynching of Luther Holbert and His Wife by a White Mob in 1904

Luther Holbert born in 1852, was an African American man who was tortured and lynched alongside his wife by a mob in Doddsville, Mississippi on Sunday, February 7, 1904, after being accused of a double murder. Born into slavery in...

King Kabalega: The African King Exiled for Resisting British Colonial Forces in 1899

Omukama Chwa II Kabalega, born on June 18, 1853, was the ruler or Omukama of Bunyoro, also known as Bunyoro-Kitara, a Bantu kingdom in Western Uganda, from 1870 to 1899, and a legendary hero who fought against British colonialism. Kabalega...

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...

How Catholic Missionaries Aided Belgian King Leopold in Committing Atrocities in Congo

Few chapters in colonial history are as harrowing and tragic as the exploitation of the Congo Free State under the rule of King Leopold II of Belgium from 1885 to 1908. While the atrocities, described as one of the...
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South Carolina Negro Act of 1740: The Code that Prohibited Enslaved Africans from Learning to Read

Passed by the South Carolina Assembly on the 10th of May, 1740, the Negro Act was a comprehensive set...
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