1899 - Buck Franklin, son of a Chickasaw freedman (shown with his older brother, Matthew) was named after his grandfather, who had been a slave of a Chickasaw family in Oklahoma. Buck Franklin became a lawyer, and defended survivors of the Tulsa Riots in 1921 which had resulted in the murder of 300 African Americans.
MARY JANE HOLMES SHIPLEY DRAKE was a central figure in an 1852 Slavery Case in which her father, a former Slave, successfully sued his former owner, Nathaniel Ford, for the FREEDOM of his three children, including Mary Jane. It was the only Slavery Case ever adjudicated, in Oregon courts. The photo was taken in 1924, two years before her death. (Benton County Historical Museum)
Rebecca Cole (1846-1922) Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cole was the second black woman to graduate from medical school (1867). She joined Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first white woman physician, in New York and taught hygiene and childcare to families in poor neighborhoods.