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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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Black History Fact Of The Day: Railroad Crossing Flag Signal

Clifton Ingram invented the railroad crossing flag signal, and received a patent for his invention in 1925. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The Portable Scale

John W. Hunter invented the portable weighing scale. He received a patent for his invention on November 3, 1896. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The Sliding Skin Chair

The sliding skin chair was invented by Earl S. Bell. He invented this apparatus in 2003. The sliding skin chair has a removable surface, which is referred to as a “skin.” The skin is composed of materials and composition of such resilience that it is able to bear the weight of a load while flexing […]

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