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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.

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.

"Isolation (1960s) . Michigan Historical Society". This picture breaks my heart. Biddy Craft

"Isolation (1960s) . Michigan Historical Society". This picture breaks my heart. Biddy Craft

Cute little guy:  Vintage 1930's African American Black Child

Reserved For Brian - Vintage 1930's African American Black Child Baseball Studio Photograph

The first black Catholic bishop Rev. Joseph O. Bowers, as pictured in the 7 May issue of Jet Magazine, United States, 1953, photograph by David Jackson.

The first black Catholic bishop Rev. Joseph O. Bowers, as pictured in the 7 May issue of Jet Magazine, United States, 1953, photograph by David Jackson.

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

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

1920s Former Farm Girl -- Frances Taylor visits the family farm after living in the big city of San Francisco, and hams it up. from MeraM's flickr stream.

1920s Former Farm Girl -- Frances Taylor visits the family farm after living in the big city of San Francisco, and hams it up. from MeraM's flickr stream.

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.

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.

“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.