William Cooper Nell, African-American abolitionist, historian, journalist, and civil servant was born on Dec. Nell was one of the first people to record extensive African American history (a people's historian!) and an activist for school desegr
Patterson & Sons Company was a carriage building firm, and the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer. The company was founded by Charles Richard Patterson, who was born into slavery in April 1833 on a plantation in Virginia.
US Senator Blanche Kelso Bruce of Mississippi, Republican Served First black Senator to serve full six year term. Only senator to be a former slave. First black man to preside over the U. Enslaved mother and white father.
Marie Maynard Daly - American chemist who was the first African American woman to earn a Ph. in Chemistry from Columbia University. Daly was a pioneer in researching the connection between high cholesterol and heart disease.
An African American in Imperial Russia: the story of Frederick Bruce Thomas
"Black Russian" Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas (aka Frederick Bruce Thomas) was a Black man born in 1872 to former slaves in Mississippi and went on to become the owner of one of the swankiest restaurants in Moscow
In Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, sister of Diana Ross of The Supremes,became the first African American woman to be appointed dean of a United States medical school. She remained dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Ohio University until