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Wed, 08.12.2020

Mabel Hampton born

*Mabel Hampton was born on this date in 1902.  She was a Black lesbian activist, a dancer and a philanthropist.  Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Hampton was only two months old when her mother died. She was then raised by her grandmother, who died when Hampton was seven years old.  In 1909, the seven-year-old Hampton was put on a train […]

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Tue, 07.31.1545

Yanga, African abolitionist and rebel in Mexico

The birth of El Yanga in circa 1545 is celebrated on this date. He was an African abolitionist and a leader of a slave rebellion in Mexico during the early period of Spanish colonial rule.

Gaspar Yanga, often called Yanga, El Yanga, or Nyanga, was said to be a member of the royal family of Gabon, Africa, before being kidnapped and placed in the Middle Passage to the new world. Yanga came to be the head of a group of slaves who were revolting near Vera Cruz, Mexico, around 1570. Escaping to the highland terrain, he and his people built a small, free colony.

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Sun, 07.20.1580

Benkos Biohó, Afro Colombian born

*This date affirms Columbia’s independence from Spain and slavery. This article celebrates the birth of Benkos Biohó one of the country’s greatest abolitionist. Also known as Domingo Biohó, he was born in late 16th century into a royal African family of the Bissagos Islands off the coast of Guinea-Bissau, west Africa.  He was kidnapped by the Portuguese slave trader, […]

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Sun, 02.06.1605

The Palmares Community of Brazil

*The Palmares community in 1605 is celebrated on this date. This was a Brazilian settlement of runaway and freeborn African slaves.

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Sat, 11.20.1655

Zumbi, a symbol of Black freedom in Brazil

The life of Zumbi in 1655 is celebrated on this date. He was an Afro Brazilian abolitionist and soldier.

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Wed, 02.18.1688

Abolitionist in the United States of America, a brief story

*On this date 1688 the Registry shares an article on Abolitionist and the formal beginning to organized group Abolitionism in America.  This was the movement that sought to end slavery in the United States and was active both before and during the American Civil War. In the Americas and Western Europe, abolitionism was a movement that sought to end the Middle […]

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Thu, 11.10.1735

Abolitionist Granville Sharpe born

Granville Sharpe was born on this date in 1735. He was a European abolitionist and philanthropist.

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Mon, 04.30.1742

Early Abolitionist Elizabeth Freeman born

*Elizabeth Freeman’s birth in 1742 is celebrated on this date. She was a Black slave and abolitionist.

She was born to enslaved African parents in Claverack, New York. At the age of six months she was purchased, along with her sister, by John Ashley of Sheffield, Massachusetts, whom she served until she was nearly forty. By then she was known as “Mum Bett,” and had a young daughter known as “Little Bett.” Her husband had been killed while fighting in the Revolutionary War.

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Tue, 01.04.1746

Benjamin Rush, Diplomat born

*Benjamin Rush was born on this date in 1746.  He was a white-American abolitionist, physician and diplomat. His interpretation through white privilege of race has raised many ethical questions.   The fourth of John and Susanna (Hall) Rush’s seven children, he was raised and spent most of his life in Philadelphia. His mother, a Presbyterian first supervised […]

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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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Sat, 05.28.1757

Ottobah Cugoano born

*The birth of Ottobah Cugoano is celebrated on this date, c. 1757.   He was a Black African abolitionist, author, anti-imperialist, and natural rights philosopher.  He was born Quobna Ottobah Cugoano near Ajumako, in modern-day Ghana. He was a Fanti.   At the age of 13, Cugoano was sold into slavery and transported to Grenada […]

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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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Fri, 08.24.1759

British abolitionist, William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce was born on this date in 1759. He was a White British abolitionist.

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Thu, 03.13.1760

Thomas Clarkson was against Slavery

*The birth of Thomas Clarkson in 1760 is celebrated on this date. He was a European abolitionist against slavery.

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Mon, 09.30.1765

Afro-Mexican legend, José Morelos

José Morelos y Pavyn was born on this date in 1765. He was an Afro Mexican priest, soldier, abolitionist, and an early leader of Mexico’s struggle for independence from Spain.

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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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