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.
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
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