Independent Historian

Multiple business owner Euell Nielsen was born on November 3, 1973, in Sewell, New Jersey. The youngest daughter of scientist and author Eustace A. Dixon II and travel agent Eleanor Forman, Euell was an early reader and began tutoring at The Verbena Ferguson Tutoring Center for Adults at the age of 13. She has owned and operated over five different companies in the past 20 years including Show and Touch, Stitch This, Get Twisted, and Island Treazures.

Euell is a Veteran of the U.S. Army (Reserves) and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is also Historian at First African Presbyterian Church, the nation’s oldest African-American Presbyterian church. Euell is also a photographer, storyteller, and a historical re-enactor, portraying the lives of many women she has written about. Euell has been writing for Blackpast.org since 2014, and was given an award from the site in 2016 for her multiple entries. She currently lives in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) (2016- )

Although the Smithsonian National African American Museum of History and Culture (NAAMHC) officially opened in 2016, the ideal of a federally-owned museum to describe the African American experience dates back to 1915 with a meeting of the U.S. Colored Troops, veterans of the Civil War, … Read MoreThe Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) (2016- )

Black Enterprise (1970- )

Black Enterprise (BE) is a bi-monthly publication that is now the premier source for investing, wealth-building, and business information for African Americans. In 1969, founder Earl Gilbert Graves Sr. recognized that the then major publications being targeted towards black audiences were focusing on fashion and … Read MoreBlack Enterprise (1970- )

Essence Magazine (1970- )

Essence magazine is a monthly publication whose target audience is African American women. It focuses on culture, beauty, fashion, and entertainment. Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) was founded in 1968 by Clarence O. Smith, Cecil Hollingsworth, Jonathan Blount, Denise M. Clark, and Edward Lewis. The original … Read MoreEssence Magazine (1970- )

The Founding of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society (1775)

In the mid 1600’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was a busting port for enslaved Africans. The city was also a place where the abolition movement saw its beginnings. The first document drafted in support of giving enslaved Africans their freedom was created in 1688 by four German … Read MoreThe Founding of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society (1775)

Charity Earley (1918-2002)

Lieutenant Colonel Charity Edna Adams Earley was the first African American woman officer of the Women’s Auxiliary Corps. She served as the commanding officer of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, making her the highest-ranking Black female officer in the Army, during World War II. … Read MoreCharity Earley (1918-2002)

Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery (1688)

The Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery was the first documented protest of enslavement of African Americans made by a religious body in the 13 colonies. The colony of Pennsylvania was established in 1681 by William Penn, and in 1683, Francis Daniel Pastorius, an educator, lawyer, … Read MoreGermantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery (1688)