Cheyenne Foreman

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 a Bachelor of Arts degree … 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 17 years old at the time of his birth. … Read MoreStanley (“Tookie”) Williams, III (1953-2005)

Frank Lucas (1930-2019)

Frank Lucas Mug Shot, January 1975 Image Ownership: Public domain As one of the country’s most notorious gangsters and drug kingpins, Frank Lucas led a very public life, even having his story depicted in the film American Gangster. Lucas was born to Mahalee Jones Lucas and … Read MoreFrank Lucas (1930-2019)

Ona “Oney” Judge(1773-1848)

Advertisement for the Capture of Oney Judge, May 23, 1796, in a Philadelphia Newspaper Image Ownership: Public domain 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 … Read MoreOna “Oney” Judge(1773-1848)

May Edward Chinn (1896-1980)

May Edward Chinn is renowned for her work in medical research. In 1926 she became the first African American woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital Medical College (now NYU School of Medicine). She was born on April 15, 1896 to William Lafayette Chinn and Lulu Ann Evans … Read MoreMay Edward Chinn (1896-1980)

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, Illinoisto obtain training … Read MoreArthur James Gregg (1928- )