Independent Historian

Marianne Hanson was born and raised by Swedish immigrant parents in Seattle, Washington. At high school she won a national art scholarship and studied locally. After various careers and years later she completed a BA degree, magnum cum laude, at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Her career has encompassed graphic design, illustration, editorial writing, poetry, theatre costume design and art gallery development in three states. She has returned to fine arts, showing her 2D work in several one-man shows and in support of feral cats and other charitable causes. She writes nonfiction articles that include her photographs and sketches.

Edgar Enrique Renteria (1975- )

“Image Ownership: MissChatter” Major League Baseball shortstop Edgar Renteria is Colombia’s most successful player in U.S. baseball history as well as its most prominent athlete of African descent. During his 16 years in the U.S. major leagues he played for seven different teams. Renteria was … Read MoreEdgar Enrique Renteria (1975- )

Phillips Chapel CME Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico (1911- )

“Image Ownership: Joseph C. Yaroch (CC BY-SA 4.0)” In 1911 a group of African Americans and Hispanics joined to build a small chapel, one of the first for the town of Las Cruces, New Mexico Territory. Their church, Phillips Chapel Colored Methodist Episcopal (now Christian … Read MorePhillips Chapel CME Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico (1911- )

Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1899- )

Arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico Territory, in 1898, Mrs. Tabytha Watson began the organization of a Baptist church with prayer meetings which included her two children, in her home. By the following year the church was named Mt. Olive Baptist and members raised $135 to … Read MoreMt. Olive Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1899- )

Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Tucson, Arizona (1900- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church began its ministry to the black community of Tucson, Arizona in 1900 when Baptist missionary Rev. John B. Bell arrived, conducted services, and with ten other devoted men and women organized the Baptist Mission. Rev. Bell … Read MoreMt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Tucson, Arizona (1900- )