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Grammy Award Winner Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (born Elizabeth Nevills) was a black American blues guitarist who invented “cotten picking.”

Grammy Award Winner Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (born Elizabeth Nevills) was a black American blues guitarist who invented “cotten picking.”

Joseph Douglass (1871 - 1935), grandson of Frederick Douglass, was the first nationally-known black concert violinist.

Joseph Douglass (1871 - 1935), grandson of Frederick Douglass, was the first nationally-known black concert violinist.

First Interracial Marriage: Frederick Douglass & Helen Pitts ~ Married in 1884

First Interracial Marriage: Frederick Douglass & Helen Pitts ~ Married in 1884

“Love came to me, and I was not afraid to marry the man I loved because of his color" - Helen Pitts. “This proves I am impartial. My first wife was the color of my mother and the second, the color of my father” - Frederick Douglass 1882

Tony Jackson: openly gay, born 1876. At 10 years old he built a tuned harpsichord out of junk from his parents' yard. By 15, he was considered the greatest jazz pianist in New Orleans. Never recorded, but his hit "Pretty Baby" is believed to have been written about his male lover

Tony Jackson: openly gay, born 1876. At 10 years old he built a tuned harpsichord out of junk from his parents' yard. By 15, he was considered the greatest jazz pianist in New Orleans. Never recorded, but his hit "Pretty Baby" is believed to have been written about his male lover

Little Known Black History Fact: Casper Holstein Casper Holstein was a gangster in the early 1900’s. His legacy as the “Bolito King” was known in the underground numbers racket of Harlem. An original native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Holstein got his start in the numbers game on Wall Street. After a stint in the Navy and working as a porter and a doorman, Holstein worked his way to Wall Street as head messenger for a brokerage firm.

Little Known Black History Fact: Casper Holstein Casper Holstein was a gangster in the early 1900’s. His legacy as the “Bolito King” was known in the underground numbers racket of Harlem. An original native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Holstein got his start in the numbers game on Wall Street. After a stint in the Navy and working as a porter and a doorman, Holstein worked his way to Wall Street as head messenger for a brokerage firm.

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