Barney Ford was born a slave in Virginia. At the age of twenty-fire, he escaped and began a successful career in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures.By 1860, he was living in Denver and became a prosperous tycoon in the hotel, restaurant, and barbershop businesses, earning the nickname the "Black Baron of Colorado." Throughout the Civil War, he gave financial assistance, food, and jobs to escaped and free African Americans.
Full length portrait, young AFrican American girl standing by a tassled chair, holding doll and handle of baby doll carriage, ca. 1870. Randolph L. Simpson African-American collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Vintage African American photography
William DeHart Hubbard 1924Olympic Gold Medalist born 25 Nov 1903 in Cincinnati OH "William DeHart Hubbard was the first African American to win a gold medal in an individual competition in the Olympic Games.
“Closeup of Mrs. Ruth Cruse outside her home in White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy in Doniphan County in the extreme Northeast corner of the state. She is a descendant of slaves from Missouri who were freed and settled in the area. Her grandmother's wedding dress is in the White Cloud Museum. The town was named for the last great chief of the Iowa Indian tribe, which was given land in the area by treaty in 1836.” Patricia D. Duncan, September 1974.