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Black History Fact Of The Day

“The majority of Africans brought to North America to be enslaved were from the central and western areas of Africa- from Congo-Angola, Nigeria, Dahomey, Togo, the Gold Coast, and Sierra Leone.” -From, “Slave Culture” By: Sterling Stuckey Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“The only northern state to outlast New York in preserving slavery was New Jersey; the last slaves were freed there in 1865.” From, “Slavery In New York” Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

Fort Mose in Florida was said to be the first town governed by the descendants of Africans in North America. [Bibliography: The Black West By: William Katz] Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

In 1994, John Starks and Barry Sanders invested in the black-owned American State Bank. Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day: How NYC’s Wall Street Got Its Name

In March 1653, Peter Stuyvesant, the director of the slave-trading Dutch West India Company and the Director-General of New Netherland, now known as New York, ordered slaves to build blockades to serve as protective barriers for the area of lower Manhattan. Stuyvesant reportedly demanded that the log-made barricade be “12 feet long, 18 inches in […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: The African American Man Who Founded Bushwick, Brooklyn

In 1661, a man who was known as “Francisco the Negro” helped to found what is now Bushwick, Brooklyn. He was one of the 23 founders of that area. In 1661, Bushwick was known as Boswijk. [Bibliography: Slavery In New York] Tweet

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“For portions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, New York City housed the largest urban slave population in mainland North America, with more slaves than any other city on the continent. During those years, slaves composed more than one quarter of the labor force in the city and perhaps as much as one half of […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day: Oklahoma, Jim Crow & Segregated Phone Booths

Before the State of Oklahoma became part of the Union in 1907, the Western Negro Press Association requested of President Roosevelt that he not admit the state into the Union until Oklahoma agreed not to pass Jim Crow laws. President Roosevelt ignored this request. Oklahoma was the first state to segregate telephone booths. [Source: The […]

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Black History Fact Of The Day

“Between 1890 and 1910, 32 self-governing African American towns sprouted in Oaklahoma.” -From, “The Black West” By: William Katz Tweet

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The Black History Fact Of The Day: Lucy Prince- The First Black Published Poet

Lucy Prince was the first African-American to have a poem published. The pioneering poem that she published was entitled, “The Bar’s Fight.” She was 16 years old when she wrote the poem describing a battle she had witnessed at a place called “The Bars.” Tweet

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