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Vivian Harsh   1890–1960  Librarian    Described as “the historian who never wrote,”   Vivian Gordon Harsh devoted her life to building   one of the most important research collections   on African-American history and literature in the   country. The first black librarian in the Chicago   Public Library system, she was appointed head   librarian of the George Cleveland Hall Branch   when it opened here in 1932. It was Chicago’s   first library built for an African-American   community…

Vivian Harsh Librarian Described as “the historian who never wrote,” Vivian Gordon Harsh devoted her life to building one of the most important research collections on African-American history and literature in the country.

Clara Stanton Jones; THE FIRST African American director of the Detroit Public Library and THE FIRST African American president of the American Library Association was born on May 14, 1913 in St Louis Mo.

Librarian and educator Clara Stanton Jones was the first African American to serve as president of the American Library Association. She also was the first woman and the first African American director of the Detroit Public Library system.

Slave: Ranson Bennett - Somerset from North Carolina during the antebellum period (1800-1860).

Born a slave at Somerset Place, he became the first mayor, or constable, of the town of Creswell in He was the son of Washington and Jenny Harvey Bennett.

In this June 15, 1963, mourners march to the funeral home following services for slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers.  Photo Credit: AP / ABC News — in Jackson, Mississippi.

In this June 15, 1963, mourners march to the funeral home following services for slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. Photo Credit: AP / ABC News — in Jackson, Mississippi.

The 18th-century slave called "Larry the skeleton" Fortune 55, was laid to rest 215 years after he died suspiciously, attended by hundreds of mourners. Fortune, who was abused in life by a Waterbury slave owner (a bone doctor), was never buried after his 1798 death because his owner wanted to use Fortune's bones to teach anatomy. For 100 years Fortune's skeleton was used as an exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.

Abused in life and death, an enslaved man known as Mr. Fortune will be honored with an elaborate funeral.

Granville T. Woods

Granville T Woods invented improvements to electric railways - air brakes - telephones - telegraphs - egg incubator - amusement park rides

killerbeesting:Margaret Bourke-White, Generations pass the time on a porch in Greenville, South Carolina, 1956

lostinurbanism: “ LIFE and Civil Rights: Segregation in 1956 South Carolina Photographs by Margaret Bourke-White ”

members of her family and Culver's African-American community at the train station in Hibbard to see off Thelma Scott, on her way to Washington, D.C. to attend college at Howard University, a photo taken in 1924 and provided by Thelma's daughter, Thelma Hodges Moorehead.

members of her family and Culver's African-American community at the train station in Hibbard to see off Thelma Scott, on her way to Washington, D.C. to attend college at Howard University, a photo taken in 1924 and provided by Thelma's daughter, Thelma Hodges Moorehead.

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