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Jimi Hendrix’s grand parents were Black Vaudeville performers. Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix (Jimi’s Paternal Grandparents) circa 1900s.

Jimi Hendrix’s grand parents were Black Vaudeville performers. Mr. and Mrs. Hendrix (Jimi’s Paternal Grandparents) circa 1900s.

Elijah McCoy, an African-American man, invented a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running. Others tried similar devices, but his was the best – and that’s the origination of the phrase The Real McCoy.

Elijah McCoy, an African-American man, invented a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running. Others tried similar devices, but his was the best – and that’s the origination of the phrase The Real McCoy.

The Quakertown Story : The removal of an African-American community and the creation of Civic Center Park in Denton, Texas.

The Quakertown Story : The removal of an African-American community and the creation of Civic Center Park in Denton, Texas.

Anna Lousie James behind the soda fountain in the James’ pharmacy, ca. 1909-1911. “Miss James” was the daughter of an escaped slave, and the first female African American pharmacist in the state of Connecticut, as well as the eventual owner of James’ Pharmacy.

Anna Lousie James behind the soda fountain in the James’ pharmacy, ca. 1909-1911. “Miss James” was the daughter of an escaped slave, and the first female African American pharmacist in the state of Connecticut, as well as the eventual owner of James’ Pharmacy.

Colored Troops  The 33rd was oganized January 31, 1863 or February 8, 1864, as 1st South Carolina Volunteers Colored Infantry. Attached to U. S. Forces, Port Royal Island, South Carolina, 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to April, 1864. Mustered out January 31, 1866

Colored Troops The 33rd was oganized January 31, 1863 or February 8, 1864, as 1st South Carolina Volunteers Colored Infantry. Attached to U. S. Forces, Port Royal Island, South Carolina, 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to April, 1864. Mustered out January 31, 1866

John Sella Martin (September 27, 1832 - 1876) was a noted abolitionist in Boston, Massachusetts and a pastor, who had escaped from slavery in Alabama. He was a leading African-American preacher and activist for equality before the American Civil War, traveling to England to lecture against slavery. When he returned, he preached in Presbyterian churches in Washington, DC

John Sella Martin (September 27, 1832 - 1876) was a noted abolitionist in Boston, Massachusetts and a pastor, who had escaped from slavery in Alabama. He was a leading African-American preacher and activist for equality before the American Civil War, traveling to England to lecture against slavery. When he returned, he preached in Presbyterian churches in Washington, DC

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