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Tue, 12.07.1390 story

The Kingdom of Kongo is Formed

*The Kingdom of Kongo is celebrated on this date in 1390. This was a kingdom located in central Africa in present-day northern Angola, the western portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, as well as the southernmost part of Gabon. At its greatest extent, it reached from the Atlantic […]

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Fri, 12.07.1810 story

Pierce Mease Butler, Slave Owner, born

*The birth of Pierce Mease Butler is affirmed on this date in 1810.  He was a white-American plantation and slave owner and farmer. Born in Philadelphia, PA., he was the grandson of Pierce Butler, changing his birth name Pierce Butler Mease to his surname Butler. During the Antebellum South, he inherited half of his grandfather’s Butler […]

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Wed, 12.07.1853 story

Henry A. Tandy, Building Contractor, born

*The birth of Henry A. Tandy is celebrated on this date in c. 1853. He was a Black building contractor and entrepreneur specializing in decorative stone masonry and brickwork. Born enslaved in Estill County, KY, Tandy moved to Lexington, KY, after the American Civil War. In Lexington, 1867, he first worked for local photographer John […]

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Sun, 12.07.1862 story

Fort Negley (Civil War Landmark) is Built

On this date in 1862, Fort Negley, Nashville, TN, was completed. This military facility was built during the American Civil War mainly with Black labor supervised by the Union Army.

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Mon, 12.07.1863 story

The 62nd Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops Formed

*On December 7–14, 1863, the 62nd Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops was organized.  They were a Black infantry regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War.  It was re-designated from the First Missouri Regiment of Colored Infantry.  The Regiment was organized at Benton Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri, December 7–14, 1863, attached to the District of St. Louis, Mo., to January 1864. The designation changed to 62nd Regiment United […]

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Thu, 12.07.1876 story

Casper Holstein, Mobster born

*Casper Holstein was born on this date in 1876.  He was a Black mobster involved in the Harlem “numbers rackets.”   Born of mixed African and Danish descent in St. Croix, Danish West Indies, Casper Holstein moved to New York City with his mother in 1894. His father was a landed Mulatto owner of a large farm who was, in turn, the son of a Danish officer in the […]

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Fri, 12.07.1894 story

Susie Edwards, Vaudeville Actress born

*The birth of Susie Edwards is celebrated on this date in 1894. She was a vaudeville singer. As a young blues singer and actress from Pensacola, Florida, Susie Hawthornes met singer-dancer Jodie “Butterbeans” Edwards in the Black touring revue “The Smart Set.” She married Jody Edwards during a show in 1917 when a publicity agent offered them […]

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Sat, 12.07.1895 story

Francis C. Sumner, Psychologist born

*Francis Sumner was born on this date in1895. He was an African American educator and psychologist. Francis Cecil Sumner was from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the son of David and Lillian Sumner with one brother named Eugene. As a child, he was educated in the elementary school systems in Norfolk, Virginia, and Plainfield, New Jersey. After elementary school, he was self-educated with the help of his parents. Sumner’s early education consisted of reading and writing assignments given to him by his father, who too had been self-educated.

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Sat, 12.07.1895 story

Milton Margai, Prime Minister born

*Sir Milton Margai was born on this date in 1895. He was a Black African politician. Margai was born in Gbangabatoke in the Banta Chiefdom, Moyamba District of Sierra Leone. He was the eldest son of a businessman, M.E.S. Margai of Bonthe, and his grandfather was a Mende warrior chief. He received primary and secondary education at the […]

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Thu, 12.07.1922 story

Hattie Williams, Humanitarian born

*Hattie Williams was born on this date in 1922. She was an African American humanitarian and educational activist.

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