Student Historian

Darsheikes Sanders was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She is a senior at Berea College, majoring in History.  She graduates in fall 2009.  After graduation, she plans to earn a graduate degree in Public History.

John Willis Menard (1838-1893)

John Willis Menard, abolitionist, author, journalist, and politician, was born in 1838 in Kaskaskia, Illinois, to French Creole parents. He was the first African American elected to Congress but was not seated after a dispute over the election results. Menard attended Iberia College, an abolitionist … Read MoreJohn Willis Menard (1838-1893)