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Wed, 10.04.2024

Saint Helena, Slave Port Discovered

*On this date in 1502, the island of Saint Helena was discovered. Founded by the Portuguese Armada, it is a remote British overseas territory. Saint Helena is a volcanic and tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, some 1,165 miles west of mainland Africa. Geographically, Angola and Namibia are the closest nations. Between January and May […]

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Wed, 10.04.2024

Rupert’s Valley, African Slave Community, a story

*Rupert’s Valley is affirmed on this date in 1573. It is a village on the island of Saint Helena, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom in the South Atlantic Ocean. Many Africans of the Middle Passage were quarantined in St. Helena’s Rupert’s Valley. Thousands died of dehydration, dysentery, smallpox, and malnutrition. Some of those who survived […]

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Sat, 30.03.2024

The Haitian Indemnity Ocurrs

*On this date in 1825, Haiti signed the Ordinance of King Charles X. Often called the Haiti Indemnity, this was a controversial agreement between Haiti and France where France demanded an indemnity of 150 million francs from Haiti in claims over property, including Haitian slaves. 1791, France lost colonial control of the island through the […]

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Sat, 30.03.2024

Willie McGee, Laborer and Capital Punishment Victim, born.

*The birth of Willie McGee is celebrated on this date in c. 1916. He was a Black laborer who was executed in 1951 after being controversially convicted for the rape of a white woman during the Jim Crow Era. Early life Willie McGee was born in Pachuta, Mississippi, to Bessie and Jasper McGee Sr. at […]

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Sat, 30.03.2024

African and Native Americans at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, a story

*On this date in 1863, African and Native Americans intersected on the upper Mississippi River, witnessing the final chapters of American chattel slavery and “Indian removal” in Minnesota. On May 4, the steamboat Northerner pushed up the Mississippi River from St. Louis, bound for Fort Snelling, a military outpost north of St. Paul, Minnesota. Captained by […]

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Sat, 16.03.2024

The 1943 Detroit Race Riot Occurs

*On this date in 1943, the Detroit race riot took place. This was a two-day racial unrest episode in Michigan’s largest city. Background By 1920, Detroit had become the fourth-largest city in the United States, with an industrial and population boom driven by the rapid expansion of the automobile industry. In this era of continuing […]

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Sun, 10.03.2024

Eritrea Gaines Independence

*On this date in 1961, Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia. Eritrea is in East Africa. It is bordered to the northeast and east by the Red Sea, Sudan to the west, Ethiopia to the south, and Djibouti to the southeast. Eritrea lies between latitudes 12° and 18°N and longitudes 36° and 44°E. A branch of the […]

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Fri, 02.02.2024

The Crownsville Hospital Center of Maryland opens.

*The Crownsville Hospital Center opened on this date in 1911. This was a psychiatric hospital for Blacks located in Crownsville, Maryland. The first group of 12 patients arrived and lived in a work camp in a willow curing house adjacent to one of the willow ponds. Staff worked with them to prepare roads and to […]

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Sun, 07.01.2024

Black History and Colonialism, a story

*Black history and modern colonialism are affirmed on this date in 1415. The Ancient historical phenomenon of colonization stretches around the globe and across time. The Phoenicians, Greeks, Turks, and Arabs practiced age-old and medieval colonialism. Colonialism, in the modern sense, began in the 15th century with the “Age of Discovery.” The Portuguese were expansionists […]

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Wed, 27.12.2023

The Melrose Plantation is Built

*Melrose Plantation is celebrated on this date in 1832. Also known as Yucca Plantation, the “Big House” is a plantation in the unincorporated community of Melrose in Natchitoches Parish in north central Louisiana. This is one of the largest plantations in the United States, built by and for free blacks. The plantation land was granted to Louis […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

these hips are big hips they need space to move around in. they don't fit into little petty places. these hips are free hips. they don't like to be... HOMAGE TO MY HIPS by Lucille Clifton
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