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!

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

Mary Bethune lifted herself from the cotton field to the White House as an adviser to the President of the United States. Her greatest accomplishment, however, was almost single-handily building Bethune-Cookman College  in 1923.

Mary Bethune lifted herself from the cotton field to the White House as an adviser to the President of the United States. Her greatest accomplishment, however, was almost single-handily building Bethune-Cookman College in 1923.

Annie Malone: First African American   Female Millionaire .Yes, Annie Malone was the first African American Female Millionaire, not Madame C.J. Walker. Mrs. Malone was Madame Walker's mentor.

Annie Malone: First African American Female Millionaire .Yes, Annie Malone was the first African American Female Millionaire, not Madame C.J. Walker. Mrs. Malone was Madame Walker's mentor.

Four generations of a slave family photographed during the Civil War, Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862.

Four generations of a slave family photographed during the Civil War, Smith's Plantation, Beaufort, South Carolina, 1862.

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

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

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)

The Little Rock Nine ~ 1957. These are the children who integrated the school in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Eisenhower ordered out the National Guard to protect them, but they were still spit on and they had to endure hateful remarks and racist epithets. They are all heroes in my book.

The Little Rock Nine ~ 1957. These are the children who integrated the school in Little Rock, Arkansas. President Eisenhower ordered out the National Guard to protect them, but they were still spit on and they had to endure hateful remarks and racist epithets. They are all heroes in my book.

Slave Family In Cotton Field near Savannah, Georgia in 1860: A new book has shed new light on the struggles of freed slaves in the U.S. after the end of the Civil War 'The end of slavery led to hunger and death for millions of black Americans': Extraordinary claims in new book

Slave Family In Cotton Field near Savannah, Georgia in 1860: A new book has shed new light on the struggles of freed slaves in the U.S. after the end of the Civil War 'The end of slavery led to hunger and death for millions of black Americans': Extraordinary claims in new book

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