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Sun, 05.03.2020

Globe Support for Electric Lamp patented

*On this date in 1882, a Black man co-patented a globe supporter for electric lamps.   Lewis Latimer and J. Tregoning received credit for their work.  The patent number is #255,212.

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Sun, 05.03.2020

Carbon Manufacturer Unit patented

*On this date in 1882, a Black man received a patent for a process to manufacture carbons.   Lewis Latimer received credit for this work.  The Patent number is #252,386.

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Fri, 04.30.1441

Black hair care and culture, a story

This date is Hairstylist Appreciation Day and The Registry looks briefly at African American hair.

The history of “Black Hair and Beauty Culture” mirrors the intricacy of both African and American cultures. Over the years, African American hair has been associated with the ideology of white visual conception. Some people say that blacks have embraced hairstyles and beauty methods that reflect popular European standards of beauty. However, Blacks have used their West African roots and their own artistry to create styles and standards that reflect a unique black culture.

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Sun, 11.02.1636

Edward Colston born

*Edward Colston was born on this date in 1636.  He was a white-English philanthropist, merchant, slave trader, and Member of Parliament. From Bristol, England, Edward Colston was the youngest of at least 15 children. His parents were William Colston a prosperous merchant who was High Sheriff of Bristol in 1643, and his wife Sarah, daughter of Edward Batten. He was brought […]

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Thu, 10.12.1662

The Royal African Company (RAC) Founded

*On this Indigenous Peoples Day, the 1662 founding of the Royal African Company (RAC) is briefly examined.   This was an Irish/English commercial slave trading company set up by the royal Stuart family and City of London to trade along the west coast of Africa. It was led by the Duke of York, who was the brother of Charles II and later took the throne as James II.   Soon […]

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Mon, 04.11.1746

Wentworth Cheswell, one of New Hampshire’s finest

Wentworth Cheswell was born on this date in 1746. He was a Black businessman and politician.

From Newmarket, NH Cheswell was the only child of Hopestill and Catherine Keniston Cheswell. There is virtually no information about Catherine Keniston in Newmarket town records. However, the various local historians and genealogists generally accept that she came from a local Newmarket/Durham family, and that she was white. Like his father before him, Wentworth Cheswell was born to a white mother.

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Thu, 09.12.1748

Prince Hall born

*Prince Hall was born (circa) on this date in 1748. He was a Black preacher, administrator, mason and businessman.   From Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies Prince Hall was born free. His father, Thomas Prince Hall, was a white Englishman and his mother a free Black French woman. In 1765, at the age of 17, he worked […]

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Wed, 01.17.1759

Philanthropist Paul Cuffe born

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

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Mon, 01.27.1766

Pierre Toussaint, Businessman and Philanthropist born

*Pierre Toussaint was born on this date in 1766. He was Haitian immigrant to America, businessman and philanthropist.

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Wed, 04.28.1773

Sally Hemings, a controversial Black woman

*The birth of Sally Hemings in 1773 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black domestic chambermaid. She was also the mistress to and mother of (some) of the children of president Thomas Jefferson.

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Fri, 12.12.1777

Frank McWorter born

*The birth of Free Frank McWorter is celebrated on this date in 1777.  He was a Black slave, abolitionist and businessman who bought his own freedom.   Frank McWorter was born into slavery in South Carolina to Juda, a Black West African woman abducted into slavery and transported to the colony. His father was her white master, George McWhorter, a Scots-Irish planter. According to family tradition, […]

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Fri, 08.01.1783

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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Sat, 03.26.1785

Elleanor Eldridge, businesswoman amid oppression

*Elleanor Eldridge was born on this date in 1785. She was a Black entrepreneur.

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Sun, 05.29.1785

Black architects have a rich American history

On this date, we celebrate African American architecture. Blacks have been involved in building and architecture since the colonial era of America.

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Fri, 04.23.1790

George Washington Bush born

*The birth of George Bush is celebrated on this date in 1790.  He was a Black farmer.  George Washington Bush was born in Pennsylvania in the late 1700s. Information about his birth and early years is sparse and conflicting.  His father, Mathew Bush was Black and was said to be a sailor from the British West […]

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I done told you babe, I didn't tell you no lie I want some of your custard pie. You gotta gimme some of it. You gotta gimme some of it.... CUSTARD PIE by Sonny Terry.
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