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Black History Fact Of The Day: New York, 1860 or 2016?

“New York, a city whose development had been so decisively shaped by slavery. In 1860, the city’s 12,472 blacks were widely dispersed among eight different wards, in enclaves that, while often separate, were not sharply demarcated in the manner of segregated ghettos of twentieth-century Northern cities. Black New Yorkers’ choice of where to live was […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Mildred Smith

Mildred Smith, an opera singer who sand with The National Negro Opera Company, invented a card game while whe was recovering from being home-bound due to having multiple sclerosis. Here card game was called, “Family Treeditions.” The game aimed to help people to figure out their family tree. She received a patent for her invention […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“Profits from slave-produced cotton propelled New York’s financial rise, while political and literary ties to Southern elites expanded the city’s influence. The paradox of slavery in a free city turned out to have been essential to the making of the modern metropolis.” -From, “Slavery In New York” Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“The federal census of 1850 reported 13,815 blacks in Manhattan; five years later, the New York State census recorded fewer than 12,000 African Americans in the city. The federal Fugitive Slave Law likely inspired hundreds of the city’s African American residents to leave for safety elsewhere.” -From, “Slavery In New York” Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

Prolific inventor Richard spikes invented automobile directional signals. He also invented the multi-barrel machine gun, and the beer keg tap- which was purchased by the Milwaukee Brewing Company. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

Frederick Douglass was the minister to Haiti. He was appointed by President Harrison, and served from September 1889 to July 1891. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

In 1956, Edward L. Harris invented an apparatus that allows for the handling of corrosive acidic substances. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“New York City’s Black population fell by 15 percent in the five years after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act. Many went to Canada, but it was African emigration that attracted the largest attention.” -From, “Slavery In New York” Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Jackie Robinson The Businessman

Jackie Robinson is most well known for his sports achievements. However, the baseball great was also a savvy, pioneering businessman. Jackie Robinson was one of the investors/founders of the Freedom National Bank, a Black-owned bank that was located in Harlem. Mr Robinson was also the first African-American vice president of a major American corporation (Chock […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Footwear Additives

In 1994, Henry Chriss received a patent for his invention of footwear additives which allows footwear to be made out of recycled materials. Tweet

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