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.

Maria W. Miller Stewart (1803-1879)

Maria W. Stewart, best known as one of the earliest female public speakers, was born Maria Miller in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1803. Her parents’ first names and occupations are not known. Stewart was orphaned by age five and became an indentured servant, serving a clergyman … Read MoreMaria W. Miller Stewart (1803-1879)

Daisy Lee Gatson Bates (1914-1999)

Newspaper publisher and civil rights activist Daisy Lee Gatson Bates was influential in the integration of the Little Rock Nine into Little Rock, Arkansas’s Central High School in 1957.  She was born Daisy Lee Gatson on November 11, 1914, in Huttih, Arkansas. Her mother, Millie … Read MoreDaisy Lee Gatson Bates (1914-1999)

The Phoenix Thanksgiving Day Riot (1942)

The events of the Phoenix Thanksgiving Day Riot began on Thanksgiving, November 27, 1942. An off-duty soldier from the all-black 364th Negro Infantry Regiment became drunk at the Alhambra Bar, located at the corner of 12th & Washington Streets in Phoenix. A black female patron … Read MoreThe Phoenix Thanksgiving Day Riot (1942)

First African Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia (1773- )

First African Baptist Church, located in the historic district of Savannah, Georgia, is recognized as one of the nation’s oldest African American Baptist Churches. Although the church was not officially established until 1788, the original congregation of mostly enslaved individuals had been formed in 1773 … Read MoreFirst African Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia (1773- )