The Registry

Sat, 02.26.1825 story

James Skivring Smith, Doctor and Politician born

*James Skivring Smith was born on this date in 1825. He was a Black doctor and politician.

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Mon, 02.26.1844 story

James O’Hara, Carolina Congressman

*This date in 1844 marks the birth of James Edward O’Hara. He was a Black politican, representing North Carolina’s forty-eighth and forty-ninth congresses.

The son of an Irish merchant, O’Hara was born in New York City and attended public schools there. In 1862 he moved to North Carolina with a group of missionaries and began studying law. In June of 1871 O’Hara was admitted to the North Carolina Bar, starting practice in Enfield and Halifax County. He also served as a secretary for the Freedmen’s Bureau.

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Fri, 02.26.1869 story

Sissieretta Jones, Opera Pioneer born

*The birth of Sissieretta Jones is remembered on this date in 1869. She was an African American concert and spiritual singer.

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Mon, 02.26.1872 story

Cookman Institute, early Higher Education for Florida

*The creation of Cookman Institute in 1872 is celebrated on this date. This was one of the first schools for Blacks that preceded America’s many Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Mon, 02.26.1877 story

The compromise of 1877, a short story

*The Compromise of 1877 was enacted on this date in 1877.  This was an unwritten deal, informally arranged among U.S. Congressmen, that settled the intensely disputed 1876 presidential election.   This agreement, less than a week before the inauguration resulted in the United States federal government pulling the last troops out of the South, ending […]

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Mon, 02.26.1877 story

N.O.I. Founder, Wallace D. Fard born

*This date celebrates the birth of Wallace D. Fard, founder of the Nation of Islam (sometimes called the Black Muslim) movement in the United States.

Though his birth date and year are not confirmed, Fard immigrated to the United States sometime before 1930. In that year, he established in Detroit the Temple of Islam as well as the University of Islam, which was the temple’s school, and the Fruit of Islam, a corps of male guards. Fard preached that blacks (who were not to be called Negroes) must prepare for an inevitable race war and that Christianity was the religion of slaveowners.

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Sun, 02.26.1899 story

Alexander Tureaud, Lawyer born

*Alexander Tureaud was born on this date in 1899. He was an African American Attorney and civil rights leader.

Alexander Pierre Tureaud, Sr. grew up at 907 Kerlerac Street, one block below Esplanade, at the bend of Dauphine in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward, known as the black Creole community. His father, Louis Tureaud, was a carpenter/contractor and his mother Eugenia was a housewife and part-time domestic. There were eleven children, six boys and five girls. The family attended St. Augustine Catholic Church.

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Thu, 02.26.1925 story

Robert Wright, Iowa Lawyer born

*Robert Wright was born on this date in 1925. He was a Black lawyer and public servant.  Born in Chicago, Illinois, Robert Wright was the son of Julius Wright and Myrtle Terrell. He graduated from East High School in 1943. After graduation, He enrolled in the United States Army and served in England, France, and […]

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Sun, 02.26.1928 story

Fats Domino born

*Fats Domino was born on this date in 1928.  He was a Black pianist and singer-songwriter.   Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr. was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, the youngest of eight children born to Antoine Caliste Domino and Marie-Donatille Gros. The Domino family was of French Creole background, and Louisiana Creole was his first language.  He was born at home with the assistance of his […]

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Thu, 02.26.1931 story

George Wiley born

*George Wiley was born on this date in 1931.  He was a Black chemist and civil rights leader.   George Alvin Wiley was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, the son of a postal clerk and one of six children. Wiley’s family eventually moved to Warwick, Rhode Island.  Wiley earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island in 1953. He received a doctorate […]

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