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Sun, 08.01.1779 story

Francis Scott Key, born

*Francis Scott Key was born on this date in 1779.  He was a white-American slave owner, lawyer, author, and poet.   He is most noted for writing the lyrics for a poem which eventually became the United States’ national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”.  The third verse of his poem had not been included in public singing of America’s national anthem.   Key was born to Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy […]

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Fri, 08.01.1783 story

Shubael Conant born

*Shubael Conant was born on this date in 1783.  He was a white-American merchant, silversmith, businessman and abolitionist.  Born in Mansfield, Connecticut, Shubael Conant, he was the son of Eleazar Conant and Eunice Storrs.  He was apprenticed to the business of watchmaking, at North Hampton, and became thoroughly familiar with that trade. When twenty-six years […]

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Fri, 08.01.1834 story

British Empire abolishes slavery

On this date in 1834, the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act passed in 1833 and became law and slavery became illegal in the United Kingdom.

Slavery was an important component of the economies of both Britain and the United States. Until the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, Britain was responsible for the transportation of 3.5 million African slaves to the Americas, a third of all slaves transported across the Atlantic. The 1807 law did not stop the British slave trade, however. An act making not just the slave trade but slavery itself illegal was passed in 1838.


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Sun, 08.01.1858 story

Alexander Walters, Bishop and Activist born

*Alexander Walters was born on this date in 1858.  He was an African American clergyman and civil rights leader.   Walters was born in Bardstown, Kentucky, the oldest son of Henry and Harriet Walters. He was educated at a private school taught by a number of teachers. In 1871 he moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he worked as a […]

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Sat, 08.01.1863 story

The First Michigan Colored Regiment formed

*On this date in 1863, the First Michigan Colored Regiment was organized.

Raised at Camp Ward, these troops were paid no bounty, received ten dollars per month, one ration per day, and three dollars of monthly pay was deducted for clothing, and white officers commanded the troops. Under this order the Regiment known originally as the First Regiment of Colored Infantry, afterwards its designation changed to the 102nd. United States Colored Troops was commenced on August 12th 1863 with 895 men on its roll.

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Sun, 08.01.1869 story

Augustus Lushington born

*Augustus Lushington was born on this date in 1869. He was an African American Veterinarian.

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Fri, 08.01.1873 story

Bennett College founded

The founding of Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., Carolina, in 1873 is celebrated on this date. Bennett is one of the over 100 Historical Black College and Universities in America, and one of only two that specifically educate women.

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Sat, 08.01.1874 story

Charles Spaulding, business leader born

On this date, Charles Clinton Spaulding, an African American business leader, was born in 1874. He built the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company into the nation’s largest black-owned business by the time of his death in 1952, when it was worth about $40 million.

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Mon, 08.01.1881 story

Joe Bartholomew, Golfer and Golf Course designer

Joseph M. Bartholomew was born on this date in 1885. He was an African American golfer who specialized in designing golf courses.

Joe Bartholomew was born in New Orleans, and was a seven-year-old caddie at nearby Audubon Golf Course. Bartholomew copied the swings of the golfers for whom he caddied, taught himself the game’s touch, and quickly became skilled enough to instruct others. He became such a good player–he once shot 62 at Audubon–that club members backed him in arranged matches.

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Thu, 08.01.1895 story

Benjamin E. Mays, educator, administrator, clergyman, and activist

On this date in 1895, Benjamin Elijah Mays was born. He was an African American educator, college president, activist, clergyman, and administrator.

Mays was from Ninety Six, South Carolina, the youngest of eight children; his parents were tenant farmers and former slaves. After spending a year at Virginia Union University, he moved north to attend Bates College in Maine, where he obtained his B.A. in 1920. He then entered the University of Chicago as a graduate student, earning an M.A. in 1925 and a Ph.D. in the School of Religion in 1935.

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