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Fri, 11.24.1775 story

Blacks Are Barred From The Continental Army

On this date in 1775, the Continental Congress of the United States issued the order to bar Blacks from the army.

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Fri, 11.24.1848 story

John Ward, Black Seminole Scout born

*The birth of John Ward in 1847 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black Seminole scout in the U.S. Army and a Medal of Honor Recipient.

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Sat, 11.24.1866 story

Duse Ali, Journalist, and Pan-Africanist born

*Duse Mohamed Ali was born on this date in 1866. He was an African actor, journalist, businessman and pan Africanist.

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Sat, 11.24.1866 story

Rust College is Founded

Rust College, one of the first institutions of higher education in Mississippi was founded on this date in 1866. It is one of over 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in America.

Rust College was organized by missionaries from the North who opened a school in Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, where Moses Adams, a local Black preacher, was pastor. The school accepted adults of all ages, as well as children, for instruction in elementary subjects. A year later the first building on the present campus was erected.

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Tue, 11.24.1868 story

Scott Joplin, Pianist, and Composer born

Scott Joplin was born on this date in 1868. He was an African American composer and pianist, one of the most important developers of ragtime music.

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Thu, 11.24.1870 story

Alexander D. Hamilton, Architect born

*Alexander D. Hamilton was born on this date in 1870.  He was a Black architect.  Alexander Daniel Hamilton was born in Eufaula, Alabama, the son of Alexander Hamilton Sr. and Martha Ann Coker, both from North Carolina.  The couple also had four other sons before Martha Hamilton’s death.  His father served in the Union Army […]

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Sat, 11.24.1883 story

Edward B. Henderson, Administrator born

*Edwin Henderson was born on this date in 1883.  He was a Black educator, coach, and pioneer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).   Edwin Bancroft Henderson was born in southwest Washington, D.C. His father, William Henderson, was a day laborer and his mother, Louisa, taught him to read at an early age. He […]

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Sun, 11.24.1912 story

Teddy Wilson, Pianist born

This date marks the birth of Teddy Wilson, an African American musician, in 1912.

Born in Austin, TX, Wilson began his career in the late 1920s in various Midwest bands. He ended up in Chicago, where he substituted for Earl Hines occasionally and made his first records with Louis Armstrong. He held his own in duets with Art Tatum in the early 1930s, and soon joinED Benny Carter’s band in New York.

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Tue, 11.24.1914 story

Bessie Blount, Inventor, and Forensic Scientist born

On this date, we mark the birth of Bessie Blount in 1914, an African American inventor and forensic scientist.

She was born in Hickory, Virginia. Little else is known of her family or her childhood except that she had long wanted to work in the medical field. Blount left home and traveled north to New Jersey to become a physical therapist. She studied at both Panzar College of Physical Education and at Union Junior College. Then she moved to Chicago where she finished her training.

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Wed, 11.24.1920 story

Percy E. Sutton, Lawyer born

Percy Sutton, an African American lawyer and entrepreneur, was born on this date in 1920.

Born in San Antonio, TX, Percy Ellis Sutton was the youngest of 15 children, all of whom became distinguished citizens in their respective professions including one who became a New York State Supreme Court judge and another a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

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