In 2018 the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commemoration placed 13 statues around the city of Rochester, NY to commemorate Frederick Douglass's 200th birthday. On the anniversary of one of his famous speeches, one of those 13 statues was torn down. On July 16,...
Your history books may have covered notable African-American trailblazers like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Harriet Tubman but Black history expands much further. So, we’ve put together a list of little-known but significant heroes in...
This month, 172 years ago, a group of women gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, to throw the world's first convention celebrating women's rights. The convention, in the hosts' own words, would discuss "the social, civil, and...
51 years ago today, police officers and patrons of the Stonewall Inn--a well-known gathering place for New York City's queer community--clashed and memorable, momentous fashion.
As the nation’s capital once again becomes a center of protest during a time of national crisis, it can be an apt moment to reflect upon Washington’s own immense African American history and past civil rights achievements....
Napa Valley is known for its wine and winemakers, but just beneath the fertile soil lies another, more complex version of its history. One intrepid historian took her hometown to task to uncover the stories that...
A tribute to foot soldiers in the Birmingham movement is on the plaque and in the scene depicted in this sculpture at Kelly Ingram Park. Normally on Crime Capsule, we’re interested in criminals...
Your town is under invasion. What do you do? Hide? Flee? Not sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington! She rode through forty miles of enemy-infested territory to let her father and his regiment know that the British had laid siege...
A Civil War ambulance removing the wounded. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Image sourced from African American Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Alexander Augusta Whereas pre–Civil War, African...
Jane Matilda Bolin, LL.B. was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association and the first to join the New York City Law Department.

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