The Smithsonians National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to create an exhibit featuring artifacts from President Barack Obamas first and second terms.One section will feature a large display about the first black president. Curators have been working since 2008 to gather objects, documents and images that capture his place in [...]
We have been taught in school that the source of the policy of “40 acres and a mule” was Union General William T. Shermans Special Field Order No. 15, issued on Jan. 16, 1865. That account is half-right: Sherman prescribed the 40 acres in that Order, but not the mule. The mule would come [...]
The events surrounding the controversial and moving spectacle of the “Little Rock Nine” still reverberates in the minds of many with its stark imagery and political implications. The barring of nine Black African-American students who were prevented from entering Arkansas’ Little Rock Central High School on September 4, 1957, became known historically [...]
One hundred fifty years ago Monday, on September 17, 1862, the Union army commanded by Major General George McClellan met a Confederate force under Robert E. Lee at Antietam Creek in western Maryland, outside the town of Sharpsburg.
Completely blind by the age of [...]
On July 28, 1866, Congress passed a measure establishing the ninth and 10th cavalries and four infantry regiments (38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st) to be comprised of African-American enlisted men. Three years later, the four infantry regiments were consolidated into two regiments, the 24th and 25th.
“The troops were paid $13 a month, plus room, [...]
The Haitian Revolution lasted 13 years before the nation, known then as Saint-Domingue, gained independence from France and became the world’s first free black republic. It actually took two declarations to achieve that historic marker: Toussaint L’Ouverture led the island slave revolt to a short-lived victory over British and Spanish colonizers in [...]
Pioneering Black female lawyer Charlotte E. Ray pictured achieved her historic feat 140 years ago today in 1872, becoming just the third woman ever admitted to practice law in the country at the time. Ray was also the first woman admitted to practice law in the nation’s capital and the first woman to argue [...]
The importance of Ancestry and the ability to follow the line back to one’s origins. I see our children grow taller before our eyes when the receive their African Ancestry DNA certificate. Those certificates will be included in the books of their family stories which will be on display during [...]
Once we get a full picture beyond what we’re taught in school, where the largest continent and birthplace of all mankind is reduced to being the starting point for the Atlantic Slave Trade, there becomes an eagerness to migrate back across the Atlantic. The yearning is not unlike some immigrants who seek entrance to American [...]