Independent Historian

Alys Beverton is an undergraduate at the University of Sussex, England, with a particular interest in African American history. She is currently attending the University of Washington, Seattle, as an exchange student for one year. Upon completion of her degree in 2010, she hopes to continue on in academics and pursue a master’s degree in American history.

Alexandre Dumas (Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie), (1802-1870)

A Tale of Three Dumas Minidoc Alexandre Dumas père, prolific playwright, novelist, travel writer and historian, was born on the 24th July 1802 to Marie Louise Labouret and her husband Thomas Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, who was a military general under Napoleon I. Dumas’ … Read MoreAlexandre Dumas (Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie), (1802-1870)

Alexander “Al” Green (1947 – )

Alexander “Al” Green, Congressional representative of the 9th District of Houston, Texas and long time civil rights advocate, was born on 1st September 1947.  Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Green attended Florida A&M University in 1971 and later Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University).  … Read MoreAlexander “Al” Green (1947 – )

Prince Rogers Nelson (“Prince,” “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince”) (1958-2016)

Prince Rogers Nelson, songwriter, singer, producer, and all-around musical icon, was born on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Music was a part of Prince’s family; his father, John Nelson, was a jazz pianist whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and his mother, Mattie Nelson, … Read MorePrince Rogers Nelson (“Prince,” “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince”) (1958-2016)

Samora Moises Machel (1933-1986)

Samora Machel, the first president of independent Mozambique, was born on September 29, 1933, in the village of Chilembene, in the Gaza Province of Mozambique. He was of the Shangana ethnic group and was born into a family of farmers. Machel attended a Catholic mission … Read MoreSamora Moises Machel (1933-1986)