Did you know… Cathay Williams?Cathay Williams was born in Independence, Missouri in September 1844. Her father was a free African American, her mother a slave. Since the status of children was determined by the status of the mother, Cathay was … Continued
Did you know Charley Parkhurst (1812–1879)?Tales of the Old WestOnce there was a girl, Charlene Parkhurst, born in 1812 in Sharon, Vermont. Charlene’s parents died, and there was no one to take care of her, so she ended up in … Continued
Did you know… Susie Baker King Taylor(Aug 6,1848- October 6, 1912)?Susie King Taylor is the only black woman confirmed to have published a biography of the US Civil War. Taylor was born into slavery in the south. Her book “Reminiscences … Continued
Civil War Quote of the week Civil War Quote of the Week:“Previous to the formation of colored troops, I had a strong inclination to prepare myself for the ministry; but when the call came for ALL persons, I [felt] I … Continued
Hysteria reigned, fueled by the rumors of a large black insurrection in the town. Violence peaked the next day on June 1, with thousands of white citizens pouring into Greenwood, tearing apart businesses, setting fires, and beating blacks. Firefighters trying to extinguish blazes were threatened with guns. An unarmed black man in a theater was shot and killed.
Sarah Mapps Douglass Did you know … Sarah Mapps Douglas (September 9, 1806 – September 8, 1882)? She was an African American educator, abolitionist, artist, and medical student. Sarah grew up among Philadelphia’s elite, during a time when African Americans … Continued
Kansas is a state rich in history. Originally just a stopping point in the westward movement during the nineteenth century, settlers eventually recognized the value of the prairie for cropland, grazing, and even oil. Long before the European and African … Continued