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Faces of Black History – Black Cowboys

Memoir Chronicles Black Cowboy’s Horseback Ride From Shore To Shore NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – One of the most recent and fascinating Black History memoirs published in 2012 tells the little-known six-month adventure of an African-American cowboy who rode horseback from Manhattan to California. That gripping journey by Miles Dean, filled with stops to recognize sites […]

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Faces of Black History – Camilla Williams

On May 15, 1946, an unknown singer named Camilla Williams took the stage at City Center in Manhattan as Cio-Cio-San, the doomed heroine of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Her performance would be the capstone of a night of glorious firsts. Camilla Williams, a soprano, in 1946 the New York Opera’s first Cio-Cio-San in “Madama Butterfly,” was […]

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Faces of Black History – Emmit McHenry

Emmit McHenry was born in Forrest City, Arkansas, on July 12, 1943, the grandson of a minister. Growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, McHenry attended Stewart Elementary School, Carver Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School. After graduating in 1962, he went on to receive his B.S. in communications from the University of Denver in […]

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Faces of Black History – Emma Wheeler

A native Floridan, Emma Rochelle Wheeler was born near Gainesville on February 7, 1882. She grew up in Florida, where her intrigue with the medical profession was aroused at the early age of six. An eye problem prompted her father to take her for treatment to a white female diagnostician. Young Emma and the female […]

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Faces of Black History – Lloyd Hall

Lloyd Augustus Hall (June 20, 1894 – January 2, 1971), An industrial food chemist, Lloyd Augustus Hall revolutionized the meatpacking industry with his development of curing salts for the processing and reserving of meats. He developed a technique of “flash-driving” (evaporating) and a technique of sterilization with ethylene oxide which is still used by medical […]

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Faces of Black History – Dr. Daniel Williams

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931) the founder of Provident Hospital was born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. His father was a barber who was deeply religious and imparted a sense of pride in his eight children. When his father died of tuberculosis, Daniel was nine years old. His mother, Sarah Price Williams moved the family to Baltimore […]

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Faces of Black History – Frederick Jones

Frederick McKinley Jones (May 17, 1893 – February 21, 1961) was an African-American inventor who patented several products in the field of refrigeration. He had over 60 patents. He also made several innovations for sound equipment for “talkie” movies, but they were predominantly unpatented. Several of his unpatented inventions were duplicated and patented by others, […]

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Faces of Black History – Negro Leagues

Most everyone knows that Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play major league baseball during the modern era. Surprisingly, few people have given much thought to how Robinson came to the attention of major league scouts, where he played before signing with the Dodgers, or just what the nature of baseball in the black […]

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Faces of Black History – Paul Dunbar

Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 27, 1872. His parents, Joshua Dunbar and Matilda Murphy Dunbar, were married just six months earlier, on December 24, 1871. Both slaves prior to the Civil War, Joshua Dunbar escaped and eventually served in both the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment and the 5th Massachusetts Colored […]

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Faces of Black History – Jane Bolin

She was born, Jane Matilda Bolin on April 11, 1908. She was the youngest of four children. Her father was Gaius Charles Bolin. He was the first African American (also part Native American) to attend Williams College, in the Berkeshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Upon graduation, he established a law practice in Poughkeepsie, NY. His […]

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