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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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Payton, Walter Jerry (1954-1999)People
Pearl High School (1897–1983)Institutions
Pearman, Raven-Symoné Christina (1985- )People
Peck, David Jones (c. 1826-1855) People
Peete, Calvin (1943–2015)People
Pelham, Benjamin (1862-1948)People
Pennington, James W. C. (1807-1870)People
Pennsylvania Hall Fire (1838)Events
People’s Baptist Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1873- )Churches
Perkins, Joseph William “Pinetop” (1913–2011)People
Perkinson, Coleridge-Taylor (1932-2004) People
Perry, Carrie Saxon (1931– ) People
Perry, Christopher J. (1854-1920)People
Perry, Cynthia Shepard (1928- )People
Perry, Julia Amanda (1924-1979) People
Perry, June Carter (1943- )People
Perry, Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew [“Stepin Fetchit”] (1902-1985)People
Perry, Robert C. (1945- )People
Peters, Brock (1927-2005)People
Petersen, Frank E., Jr. (1932-2015 )People
Petry, Ann Lane (1908-1997)People
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (1914- )Organizations
Philander Smith College [Little Rock] (1877-- )Institutions
Philander, S. George (1942- )People
Phillips, Homer G. (1880-1931)People
Phillips, Velvalea “Vel” Hortense Rodgers (1924– )People
Phyllis Wheatley Women's Clubs (1895- )Organizations
Pickens, William (1881-1954)People
Pierce, Harold E. (1922–2006)People
Pierce, Samuel R., Jr. (1922-2000)People
Pilgrim Baptist Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota (1863- )Institutions
Pinchback, Pinckney Benton Stewart (1837-1921)People
Pinckney, Clementa C. (1973-2015)People
Piney Woods School (1909-- )Places
Pinkney, William “Bill”(1935- ) People
Pinn, Robert Alexander (1843-1911) People
Pippen, Scottie Maurice (1965– )People
Pippin, Horace (1888-1946)People
Pittman, William Sidney (1875-1958)People
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)Misc
Plessy, Homer (1863-1925)People
Poage, George Coleman (1880–1962)People
Poindexter, James (1819-1907)People
Poitier, Sidney (1927 - )People
Polk, Oscar (1900-1949) People
Polk, Prentice Herman (1898-1985)People
Pollard, Fritz (1894-1986)People
Poor People's Campaign (December 4, 1967 – June 19, 1968)Events
Poor, Salem (1747-1802)People
Port Royal Experiment (1862-1865)Events
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