LIOTARD Jean-Etienne (1702-1789 Swiss) - Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804) was an illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and an enslaved African woman known as Maria Belle. She was raised in England.

LIOTARD Jean-Etienne (1702-1789 Swiss) - Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804) was an illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and an enslaved African woman known as Maria Belle. She was raised in England.

Dido Elizabeth Belle was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and enslaved African woman named Belle.  This painting (1779) was most likely commissioned by her father, the nephew of the Earl of Mansfield, and depicts the beautiful and vivacious Belle alongside her cousin, Elizabeth Murray. oil on canvas Scone Palace, Perth (private collection of the Earl of Mansfield)

Dido Elizabeth Belle was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and enslaved African woman named Belle. This painting (1779) was most likely commissioned by her father, the nephew of the Earl of Mansfield, and depicts the beautiful and vivacious Belle alongside her cousin, Elizabeth Murray. oil on canvas Scone Palace, Perth (private collection of the Earl of Mansfield)

Pearl Bailey & husband jazz drummer Louis Bellson were married 38 years. Reportedly fell in love while sharing a cab.

Pearl Bailey & husband jazz drummer Louis Bellson were married 38 years. Reportedly fell in love while sharing a cab.

Poet, Phillis Wheatley, (b.1753 - d. December 5, 1784) Was sold into slavery at age 7, and transported to North America (Boston Massachusetts). She was bought by John Wheatley and named Phillis after the ship that brought her. She was the first African American woman to have her writings published.

Poet, Phillis Wheatley, (b.1753 - d. December 5, 1784) Was sold into slavery at age 7, and transported to North America (Boston Massachusetts). She was bought by John Wheatley and named Phillis after the ship that brought her. She was the first African American woman to have her writings published.

The first people in China were Black An international study has found that the Chinese people originated not from Peking Man in northern China, but from early humans in East Africa who moved through South Asia to China some thousands of years ago.

The first people in China were Black An international study has found that the Chinese people originated not from Peking Man in northern China, but from early humans in East Africa who moved through South Asia to China some thousands of years ago.

Simon Willem Maris Portrait of a Young Black Woman Netherlands (1890s) 44 x 29 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Simon Willem Maris Portrait of a Young Black Woman Netherlands (1890s) 44 x 29 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The eighteenth century portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo is the earliest known British portrait of a freed black slave and an African muslim in the history of British Art. Painted by William Hoare in1733.

The eighteenth century portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo is the earliest known British portrait of a freed black slave and an African muslim in the history of British Art. Painted by William Hoare in1733.

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862 Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was a child born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. She was around five years old. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence.

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862 Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was a child born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. She was around five years old. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence.

Wetekia Ruruku Elkington, a Maori woman, taken around 1900. Some of her story at the link

Wetekia Ruruku Elkington, a Maori woman, taken around 1900. Some of her story at the link

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