We were riding a bus, in Mexico. Two white students and three black students wanted to eat together. The bus driver, from Illinois, told us we couldn’t.
“I told [him] I had acted according to his orders. He had told me to look for a master, and I had been to look for one. He answered that he did not tell me to go to Canada to look for a master. I told him that as I had served him faithfully, and had been the means of putting a number of hundreds of dollars into his pocket, I thought I had a right to my liberty.”
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born free in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1825. Her story is covered in an earlier post (Oct 18, 2018) on HistoricalNovelsRUs on Facebook. But what about life aside from her writing? For many African Americans, life … Continued
Did you know… Mary Ellen Pleasant (19 August 1814 – 4 January 1904)? Black history day Mary Ellen’s origins have conflicting sources and birth dates. In one version of her memoirs dictated to her god-daughter Charlotte Downs, she claimed she … Continued
Maggie Lena Walker (July 15, 1864 – December 15, 1934) was born just after the end of the Civil War. She was the first female bank president in the United States. Her mother was one of the emancipated slaves in … Continued