Heather Peterson

Student Historian

Washington native Heather Peterson is a history major at the University of Washington, Seattle campus.  She will graduate in 2009 and then spend some time traveling internationally.

James Edward Shepard (1875-1947)

Image Ownership: Public Domain In 1910 James Edward Shepard founded North Carolina College for Negroes in Durham, North Carolina. Shepard was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina along with eleven other siblings. His father was Reverend Augustus Shepard and his mother was Harriet E. … Read MoreJames Edward Shepard (1875-1947)

Emma Azalia Hackley (1867-1922)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Emma Azalia Smith Hackley was an African American singer and Denver political activist born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1867.  Her parents, business owners Henry and Corilla Smith, moved to Detroit where she attended Washington Normal School, graduating in 1886.  Smith, a … Read MoreEmma Azalia Hackley (1867-1922)

George McJunkin (1851-1922)

Image Ownership: Public Domain George McJunkin was an African American cowboy known for discovering bison bones in Folsom, New Mexico which eventually made archeological history.  McJunkin was born in the slavery era in Texas.  His father was a blacksmith.  McJunkin grew up on a ranch … Read MoreGeorge McJunkin (1851-1922)

Lillian Evans Annie/Evanti (1891-1967)

Image Source/Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University Lillian (Evans) Evanti, one of the first African American women to become an internationally prominent opera performer, was born in Washington D.C. in 1891.  Evanti was born into a prominent Washington, D.C. family.  Her father, Wilson Evans, was a … Read MoreLillian Evans Annie/Evanti (1891-1967)