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Sat, 12.23.1815 story

Henry Garnet, Abolitionist born

On this date in 1815, Henry H. Garnet was born. He was a Black theologian and abolitionist.

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Tue, 08.22.1843 story

Henry Garnett Gives His Speech “Address to the Slaves”

*On this date in 1843 Henry Highland Garnett gave his “Address to the Slaves” speech.  Garnett was 27 years old when he addressed the National Negro Convention in Buffalo, New York.  This is an abridged version of Garnet’s speech to the 1843 National Negro Convention, which is often referred to as his “Address to the […]

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Wed, 01.17.1759 story

Paul Cuffee, Merchant, and Philanthropist born

*Paul Cuffe was born on this date in 1759. He was an Black philanthropist, merchant, sea captain and abolitionist.

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Sun, 10.16.1859 story

The Raid on Harpers Ferry (Virginia) Begins

On this date in 1859, abolitionist John Brown, who was white, and a group of his followers raided the Harpers Ferry Virginia arsenal.

This was a crucial turning point in the movement that led to the American Civil War and the legal end to African slavery in the United States. Brown planned that he and his men would establish a base in the Blue Ridge Mountains from which they would help runaway slaves and launch attacks on slaveholders. This plan had been described to potential funders two years earlier.

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Tue, 07.21.1818 story

Charles Reason, Mathematician born

*Charles L. Reason was born on this date in 1818. He was a Black mathematician, abolitionist and teacher.

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Sun, 07.16.1854 story

The Jennings v. The Third Avenue Railroad Incident is Ruled

*On this date in 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was refused a seat on public Streetcar, setting off the first racial transportation lawsuit in America.
It happened in downtown New York City.

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Mon, 03.03.1817 story

William Lambert, Abolitionist born

*The birth of William Lambert is celebrated on this date in 1817.  He was a Black abolitionist and businessman.   William Lambert was born free in Trenton, New Jersey.  At least one of his parents was free at the time of his birth.  Crucial to his later success, Lambert was taken under the wing of […]

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Fri, 12.03.1847 story

The North Star Newspaper is Published

*On this date in 1847, The North Star newspaper began publication.  This was a nineteenth-century anti-slavery newspaper published by abolitionist Frederick Douglass.  The North Star’s slogan was “Right is of no Sex Truth is of no Color God is the Father of us all, and all we are Brethren.”  Douglass was first inspired to publish […]

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Sun, 01.07.1855 story

George William Cook, Educator born

*George William Cook was born on this date in 1855.   He was a Black educator, administrator, and activist.   Born a slave in Winchester, Virginia, he was one of 8 children of Eliza and Peyton Cook. His family moved to Harrisburg, PA, where he worked in the home of Dr. Mooma.  It was there that […]

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Mon, 01.04.1858 story

The African Civilization Society is Formed

*On this date in 1858, The African Civilization Society is celebrated. This emigration organization was founded by several prominent members of the historic Weeksville community in New York City. The organization was intended to promote emigration to Liberia, which gained independence in 1847, and create a competing “free-labor” cotton industry with the slavery-based cotton industries of the […]

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