Arnold Bennett Donowa (1896-196?)

Trinidad-born dental surgeon and Spanish Civil War veteran Arnold Donowa was born in December 1895 and earned his D.D.S. from Howard University in 1922.  Donowa worked at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons in Toronto as well as the child-oriented Fosythe Clinic in Boston before … Read MoreArnold Bennett Donowa (1896-196?)

Andrew Bryan (1737-1812)

First named First Colored Baptist Church and located in Savannah, Georgia, First African Baptist Church traces its roots to December 1777, and is officially designated the oldest African American church in the United States.  George Liele, the Church’s founder, continued to evangelize and baptize both … Read MoreAndrew Bryan (1737-1812)

Aaron Douglas (1898-1979)

Painter and illustrator Aaron Douglas was born in Topeka, Kansas at the turn of the twentieth century, and became one of the leading visual artists of his time.  Inspired by the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), Douglas was the first African American to graduate … Read MoreAaron Douglas (1898-1979)

Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931)

Daniel Hale Williams III was a pioneering surgeon best known for performing in 1893 one of the world’s first successful open heart surgeries.  Williams was born on January 18, 1856, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania to Sarah Price Williams and Daniel Hale Williams II.  Following the death … Read MoreDaniel Hale Williams (1856-1931)