Harriet  Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery.

Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery.

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Black hole: Slaves on The Zong lived in these conditions for a year before they even left the shores of Africa

Black hole: Slaves on The Zong lived in these conditions for a year before they even left the shores of Africa

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Today in Black History, 1/4/2014 - Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American registered nurse in the United States. For more info, check out today's blog!

Today in Black History, 1/4/2014 - Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American registered nurse in the United States. For more info, check out today's blog!

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"Though born into slavery Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only ten years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African American women to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles."

"Though born into slavery Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only ten years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African American women to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles."

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On June 6, 1966 James Meredith was shot and wounded in Mississippi on the second day of his 220-mile March Against Fear.

On June 6, 1966 James Meredith was shot and wounded in Mississippi on the second day of his 220-mile March Against Fear.

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Legendary soldier: Reeves was authorized to arrest both black and white outlaws

Legendary soldier: Reeves was authorized to arrest both black and white outlaws

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Louisiana Legislaturewas more than 1/2 Black right after the Civil War and Black people were able to vote for the first time.

Louisiana Legislaturewas more than 1/2 Black right after the Civil War and Black people were able to vote for the first time.

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African American troops, World War Two (looks like Europe, but the photo is uncredited and untraceable, alas. rw)

African American troops, World War Two (looks like Europe, but the photo is uncredited and untraceable, alas. rw)

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Did you know.... Blanche Kelso Bruce Born into slavery in 1841, became the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate, as well as the first African American to preside over the Senate.

Did you know.... Blanche Kelso Bruce Born into slavery in 1841, became the first African American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate, as well as the first African American to preside over the Senate.

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