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Wed, 01.24.1500 story

The Afro Uruguayan Community, a story

*Afro Uruguayans are celebrated on this date in 1500. They are Uruguayans of African descent. For most of the colonial period, the port of Buenos Aires (see Afro Argentines) served as the exclusive entry point for the middle passage in the Río de la Plata region. Slaves entering the port of Buenos Aires were then regularly shipped inland […]

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Tue, 01.24.1786 story

John F. Webber, Soldier, and Abolitionist born

*John Webber’s birth is celebrated on this date in 1786. He was a white-American soldier and abolitionist.  John Ferdinand Webber was born in Vermont, the son of John Webber and Hannah Morrill.  As a soldier in the War of 1812, he served as a private in Capt. S. Dickinson’s company.  He was in the thirty-first […]

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Thu, 01.24.1805 story

Allen Light, Black Mariner born

*The birth of Allen Light in 1805 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black sea mariner.

Born in Philadelphia he arrived in Santa Barbara, CA about 1830. Light hunted sea otters, gained Mexican citizenship and guarded the California coastline against American and Native American poachers. In part because of heavily depleted otter populations, the Mexican government instituted conservation laws in 1830 and prohibited foreigners from both hunting otters and participating in all coastal trade in Alta California.

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Mon, 01.24.1825 story

Paul Trévigne Jr., Newspaper Editor born

*Paul Trévigne Jr. was born on this date in 1825. He was a Black Creole newspaperman and civil rights activist. From New Orleans, Louisiana, he was the biracial son of Paul Trevigne, a veteran of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, and Josephine Marguerite Decoudreaux. Free men of color had served in the militia under French rule […]

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Sun, 01.25.1835 story

The Malê Revolt in Brazil Occurs

*On this date in 1835, The Malê Revolt occurred.   Also known as The Great Revolt) it was a Black Muslim slave rebellion in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. During the last days of Ramadan that year, in the city of Salvador da Bahia, a group of Black Muslim slaves and freedmen, inspired by Muslim teachers, rose against the government. Muslims were called malê in Bahia at this time, from Yoruba imale that designated […]

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Sat, 01.24.1874 story

Arthur Schomburg, Historian born

*Arthur A. Schomburg was born on this date in 1874. He was an African American historian.

Schomburg was from San Juan, Puerto Rico; he attended San Juan’s Institute of Instruction to become a teacher and also studied in the Danish West Indies, doing a great deal of research on Negro literature. Schomburg came to America in 1891 and ten years later moved to New York City, working at a law firm as a researcher. During this time, he actively supported Cuban and Puerto Rican Independence, and served as secretary of Las dos Antillas, an organization working for this cause.

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Sun, 01.24.1875 story

Eva Del Vakia Bowles, Activist born

*On this date, in 1875, Eva Del Vakia Bowles was born.  She was a Black administrator and activist. From Albany, Athens County, Ohio, her grandfather, John R. Bowles, served as chaplain of the all-Black, 54 Massachusetts Infantry during the American Civil War and later became the first Black teacher hired by the Ohio Public School […]

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Sun, 01.24.1875 story

Maynard Dixon, Artist born

*Maynard Dixon was born on this date in 1875. He was a white-American artist whose work focused on the American West. He was born Lafayette Maynard Dixon in Fresno, California, after his maternal grandfather. His family of aristocratic Virginia Confederates had found a new home in California after the American Civil War. His mother, Constance Maynard, […]

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Fri, 01.24.1908 story

John Thomas, Administrator born

*On this date in 1908, John Frederick Thomas was born. He was an African American diplomat and administrator.

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Wed, 01.24.1917 story

Sandman Sims, Dancer born

*Sandman Sims was born on this date in 1917. He was a Black tap dancer. Howard “Sandman” Sims was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, one of 12 children. The family soon relocated to Los Angeles, California, where he was raised. Describing his childhood, Sims said, “It was just a whole big dancing family.” He learned […]

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