Caroline Tsakanias

Student Historian
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Caroline Tsakanias is an undergraduate exchange student at the University of Washington, Seattle. She was born in Montpellier, Southern France, and lived there for most of her life; however, she has always had a passion for American culture and history. This is why she chose to study it in her hometown college, Université Paul Valéry. When given the opportunity to study American history in the United States, she did not hesitate.

André Rigaud (1761-1811)

Benoit Joseph André Rigaud was a Haitian political and military figure, who controlled Southern Haiti during the country’s civil war against the North, then controlled by Toussaint Louverture during its war for Independence, 1791-1803. Rigaud was the leader of the Mulatto party after the Haïtien Révolution began and political chief of … Read MoreAndré Rigaud (1761-1811)

Barry C. Black (1948- )

Barry C. Black is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral. On June 27, 2003, he became the first African American Chaplain of the United States Senate.  Black was born on November 1, 1948, in Baltimore, Maryland. At an early age, his parents—his father Lester and especially his mother Pearline—insisted on … Read MoreBarry C. Black (1948- )

Julien Raimond (1744-1801)

Julien Raimond was a wealthy indigo planter in Saint-Domingue. He is known for his political pamphlets and his struggle with the French National Assembly for racial reforms in the colonies. He helped write the Constitution of the newly-independent Haiti. He was born in Bainet (southern Saint-Domingue, present-day Haiti) on … Read MoreJulien Raimond (1744-1801)

Eva R. Coles (1880-1902)

Eva R. Boone, born Eva R. Coles, was a Virginia-born missionary in Congo Free State (present-day Democratic Republic of Congo). Coles was born on January 8, 1880 in Charlottesville, Virginia. She graduated from Hartshorn Memorial College in Richmond, Virginia—which preceded Spelman and Bennett Colleges as the first college for African American women—in May … Read MoreEva R. Coles (1880-1902)

James B. McMillan (1917-1999)

James B. McMillan was the first black dentist in Nevada. In the 1960s, he successfully fought against segregation in Las Vegas. McMillan was born on January 14, 1917, in Aberdeen, Mississippi, the son of James Milton McMillan and Rosalie Gay. McMillan’s father died when he was one year old, and he … Read MoreJames B. McMillan (1917-1999)

Vincent Ogé (ca. 1755-1791)

Vincent Ogé was a member of the free colored planter class in Saint-Domingue. He traveled to Paris, France during the French Revolution and fought alongside Julien Raimond for the rights of the island’s free colored people. His activism led to his execution in 1791. Vincent Ogé Jeune (the Younger) was … Read MoreVincent Ogé (ca. 1755-1791)