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Online Encyclopedia of Significant People and Places in African American History

The following are short descriptions of individuals, places and events which have contributed to the shaping of African American history. These encyclopedia entries serve as a starting point for much more inclusive descriptions and discussions that appear in other sources. For additional information please consult the print or website sources cited in the entry.



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Entry Titlesort iconEntry Type
Opelousas Massacre (1868)Events
Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity)Organizations
Orangeburg Massacre (1968)Events
Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) 1965Organizations
Ormes, Zelda “Jackie” (1911-1985)People
Ousley, "King" Curtis (1934–1971)People
Overton, Anthony (1865-1946)People
Owen, Chandler (1889-1967)People
Owens, Jesse (1913-1980)People
Owens, Major Robert (1936- )People
O’Dell, Hunter Pitts "Jack" (1924- )People
O’Hara, James Edward (1844-1905)People
O’Leary, Hazel Rollins Reid (1937- )People
O’Neal, Adrienne S. (1954- ) People
Pace, Harry (1884-1943)People
Padmore, George (1901-1959)People
Page, Alan (1945- )People
Page, Clarence E. (1947 - ) People
Page, Susan Denise (1964- )People
Paige, Leroy Robert "Satchel (1906-1982)People
Paige, Myles Anderson (1898-1983)People
Paige, Roderick Raynor (1933- )People
Paine College [Augusta] (1882- )Institutions
Palmer Memorial Institute (1902-1971)Institutions
Palmer, Larry L. (1949- )People
Parker, Charles Jr., "Charlie" (1920-1955)People
Parker, Hale Giddings (1851-1925)People
Parker, John P. (1827-1900)People
Parks, Gordon (1912-2006)People
Parks, Henry Green, Jr. (1916-1989)People
Parks, Rosa (1913-2005)People
Parsons, Lucy (1853-1942)People
Parsons, Richard D. (1948- )People
Paterson, Basil Alexander (1926-2014)People
Paterson, David A. (1954- )People
Patrick, Deval L. (1956 - ) People
Patrick, Jennie R. (1949- )People
Patterson, Floyd (1935–2006)People
Patterson, Frederick D. (1901-1988)People
Patterson, Mary Jane (1840-1894)People
Patterson, William L. (1891-1980)People
Patton, Charley (1891-1934)People
Patton, Georgia E.L. (1864-1900)People
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (1870- )Institutions
Paul, Nathaniel (1793?-1839)People
Paul, Susan (1809–1841)People
Paul, Thomas, Sr. (1773-1831)People
Payne, Daniel Alexander (1811-1893) People
Payne, Donald Milford (1934-2012)People
Payton, Walter Jerry (1954-1999)People
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