Henry “Box” Brown's fortitude and perseverance deserve to be celebrated with the rest of the Black greats from American history.
The story of Oliver Toussaint and Colorado’s historic all-Black settlement of Dearfield is very interesting. But this is Black Folklore and our job is to dig a little deeper–to find the story within the story that every great masterpiece encompasses. This is the legendary tale of O.T. Jackson.
In 1877 the Black town of Nicodemus was born. Reverend W. H. Smith and other freed slaves recruited more than 300 ex-slaves to Nicodemus to start a new life.
Decades before Central Park’s existence, a small part of the land was known as Seneca Village, a self-sufficient, middle-class African-American and Irish community founded in 1825 by members of The New York African Society for Mutual Relief.
It was 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close. The south was changing rapidly and the confederate chokehold on the south was coming to an end. Former slaves from Edgecombe County in North Carolina fled slave plantations for Union Army encampments.
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