Independent Historian

Allen L. Lee is an author and musician with a focus on presenting the history of people of African descent and their cultural evolution into the American West. Museums, schools and libraries augment the education of a diverse American West history with his songs and research. Winner of the California Country Music Association’s, “Songwriter of the Year” for 1999, Allen also worked as a principle artist funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2003/04 to help the Riverside, Ca. Mission Inn Museum teach High School students how to discover family artifacts and place value in those artifacts with objective and subjective literature. He owns his own independent recording label, “Rollin’ Country Records,” and writes both fiction and non-fiction about the Black West, including “The Horse Chiefs,” and “West America,” both fiction, and a monthly non-fiction article published on the web titled “From Africa To The American West.”

Adolphus D. Griffin (1868-1916)

Adolphus D. Griffin used his self-attained literacy to emerge as a newspaper editor/publisher in the West at the turn of the twentieth century.  Born near Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1868, A.D. Griffin moved to Spokane, Washington where he edited one of his first newspapers, The Northwest … Read MoreAdolphus D. Griffin (1868-1916)