Independent Historian

Cheyenne Foreman was born and raised in the coal region of Pennsylvania. Growing up, she loved to learn of the food and traditions that were passed down from generations of her Polish ancestors. Her love of history arose from her high school history teacher, who taught her to appreciate the world that came before us, and to have fun while learning it. Cheyenne’s primary area of interest in history is that of the American Civil War, having studied that topic extensively. Currently enrolled at the University of Washington, majoring in microbiology, Cheyenne continues to explore and expand her interests of history in every place she travels to.

Franklin D. Cleckley (1940-2017)

Franklin Dorrah Cleckley, the first African American to serve as a justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court, was born on August 1, 1940, in Huntington, West Virginia. His mother was Vivian Wood. After graduating from high school, he attended Anderson College and earned his bachelor’s degree in … Read MoreFranklin D. Cleckley (1940-2017)

Stanley (“Tookie”) Williams, III (1953-2005)

Best known as the co-founder of the Crips, the largest street gang in the United States, Stanley Tookie Williams lived in a life of crime and violence. He was born on December 29, 1953, in New Orleans, Louisiana to a mother who was seventeen years old at the time of … Read MoreStanley (“Tookie”) Williams, III (1953-2005)

Ona “Oney” Judge (1773-1848)

As a former slave in George Washington’s household, Ona “Oney” Judge is best remembered for her escape to New Hampshire. Born at Mount Vernon, the Washingtons’ Virginia plantation, around 1773 (exact date not known) to an indentured servant named Andrew Judge and a slave name Betty, Ona “Oney” … Read MoreOna “Oney” Judge (1773-1848)

James Reginald Hall, Jr. (1937- )

Lieutenant General James Reginald Hall, Jr. was born in Anniston, Alabama in 1937. He pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, studying political science. James also pursued a second degree in public administration, from Shippensburg College in Pennsylvania. Following graduation in 1957, Hall joined the United … Read MoreJames Reginald Hall, Jr. (1937- )

Arthur James Gregg (1928- )

Army General Arthur James Gregg was born on May 11, 1928 near Florence, South Carolina.  He obtained his elementary education in South Carolina, but moved to Newport News, Virginia during high school where he observed the military lifestyle. After graduating from high school, Gregg went to Chicago, Illinois to obtain … Read MoreArthur James Gregg (1928- )