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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
Riggs, Marlon (1957-1994)People
Riley, Jerome R. (1840-1929)People
Rillieux, Norbert (1806-1894)People
Ritchey, John Franklin (1923-2003)People
Roach, Maxwell Lemuel "Max" (1924–2007)People
Robert Charles Riots (1900)Events
Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. (1935-1967)People
Robert R. Taylor Homes, Chicago, Illinois (1959-2005)Places
Roberts, Robin René (1960- )People
Robertson, Oscar Palmer (1938 - )People
Robeson, Paul (1898-1976)People
Robinson, "Sugar" Ray (1921-1989)People
Robinson, America W. (ca 1855-post 1920)People
Robinson, Bill “Bojangles” (1878-1949)People
Robinson, Eddie (1919-2007)People
Robinson, Frank (1935- )People
Robinson, Ida Bell (1891-1946)People
Robinson, Jo Ann (1912-1992)People
Robinson, Max (1939-1988)People
Robinson, Randall (1941- )People
Robinson, Roscoe, Jr. (1928-1993)People
Robinson, Ruby Doris Smith (1942-1967)People
Robinson, Samuel L. (1896-1964?)People
Robinson, Spottswood William (1916-1998)People
Robinson, Todd D. (1963- )People
Robinson, William “Smokey” (1940- )People
Rock Rest (1938-1976)Places
Rock, John S. (1825-1866)People
Rodman, Dennis Keith (1961- )People
Rogers, J. A. (1880-1966)People
Rogers, John W. (1958- )People
Rogers, Timmie (1914-2006)People
Rolle, Esther (1920-1998)People
Rollin, Frances Anne (1845-1901)People
Rollins, Ida Gray Nelson (1867-1953)People
Rollins, Sonny (1930- )People
Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church [Natchez, Mississippi] (1854- )Institutions
Rose, Joshua (1906-1987)People
Rosenwald Fund Schools (1912-1932)Institutions
Rosewood Massacre (1923)Events
Ross, Diana (1944- )People
Ross-Lee, Barbara (1942- )People
Roudanez, Louis Charles (1823-1890)People
Rowan, Carl T. (1925–2000)People
Roxborough, John W. (1892-1975)People
Royall, Belinda (1712- ? )People
Rucker, Darius Carlos (1966- )People
Rudolph, Wilma (1940-1994)People
Ruffin, George Lewis (1834-1886)People
Ruffin, Josephine St. Pierre (1842 - 1924)People
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