Jimmy Fenison

Independent Historian

Jimmy B. Fenison is a 2009 graduate in history from the University of Washington.  He was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1978.  He served four years active duty in the U.S. Army and would like to express thanks for an influential African American in his life: “I would like to thank my Command Sergeant Major, Leon Hite III, in the Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, for his honor and integrity towards all 2500 (approx.) soldiers of mixed race and ethnicity under his leadership including me, his driver for three years.”

Roscoe Robinson Jr. (1928-1993)

Roscoe Robinson Jr., the first African American four-star general in the U.S. Army, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928.  He received a bachelor’s in military engineering from The United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1951 and later attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  … Read MoreRoscoe Robinson Jr. (1928-1993)

Alexander T. Augusta (1825-1890)

Alexander Thomas Augusta was the highest-ranking black officer in the Union Army during the Civil War.  He was also the first African American head of a hospital (Freedmen’s Hospital) and the first black professor of medicine (Howard University in Washington, D.C.). Augusta was born in … Read MoreAlexander T. Augusta (1825-1890)

Charles W. Anderson Jr. (1907-1960)

Image Ownership: Public Domain In 1935, Charles W. Anderson became the first black legislator in Kentucky and in the South since the Reconstruction.  He championed the cause of civil rights in Kentucky including greatly improving the access of African Americans to education during six terms … Read MoreCharles W. Anderson Jr. (1907-1960)

Kansas Industrial and Educational Institute (1895-1919)

Kansas Industrial and Educational Institute,  ca. 1905 Image Ownership: Public Domain The institute was known in Topeka as the “Western Tuskegee,” was the result of  the work of Lizzie Riddick, a prominent member of the Colored Women’s Suffrage Association, and Edward Stephens.  Riddick and Stephens … Read MoreKansas Industrial and Educational Institute (1895-1919)