George Jordan (ca. 1849-1904)

George Jordan, buffalo soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, hailed from rural Williamson County in central Tennessee.  Enlisting in the 38th Infantry Regiment on 25 December 1866, the short and illiterate Jordan proved a good soldier.  In January 1870, he transferred to the 9th Cavalry’s … Read MoreGeorge Jordan (ca. 1849-1904)

George Beavers, Jr. (1892-1989)

George Beavers, Jr. was born in 1892, in the Mechanicsville section of Atlanta, Georgia.  His parents decided to leave Atlanta with their children in 1902, after white mob violence erupted in their neighborhood.  They settled in Los Angeles where they expected to find “full citizenship … Read MoreGeorge Beavers, Jr. (1892-1989)

Esteban (?-1539)

Esteban, an enslaved Moroccan, made the first contact with the native peoples of what is now the American Southwest.  Fraught with misunderstandings, that encounter led to Esteban’s untimely demise in 1539 and prefigured the violence that would characterize the Spanish conquest and subsequent colonization of … Read MoreEsteban (?-1539)