Elizabeth Winter

Student Historian

Elizabeth Winter is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington who will graduate in 2008 with a BA in Anthropology and a focus in Archeology. She plans to enter the Masters in Teaching program after graduation and teach social studies in a Seattle Area Middle School.

Alberta Hunter (1895-1984)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Alberta Hunter was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but left for Chicago, Illinois at age 11 after her father died. She peeled potatoes in a boarding house until she could find a job singing blues, the first opportunity was at a Chicago … Read MoreAlberta Hunter (1895-1984)

Cotton Club of Harlem (1923- )

Cotton Club Orchestra, Harlem, 1925 Image Ownership: Public Domain Opened in 1923, the Cotton Club on 142nd St & Lenox Ave in the heart of Harlem, New York was operated by white New York gangster Owney Madden. Madden used the Cotton Club as an outlet … Read MoreCotton Club of Harlem (1923- )

Huddie (Leadbelly) Ledbetter (1888-1949)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Huddie Ledbetter was born January 15, 1888, on the Jeter Plantation near Mooringsport, Louisiana. He was an only child who quickly became interested in music when he received his first instrument (an accordion) from his uncle Terrell. In 1903at the age … Read MoreHuddie (Leadbelly) Ledbetter (1888-1949)

William J. Powell (1897-1942)

Second Lt. William J. Powell in France, 1917 Image Ownership: Public Domain William J. Powell was born in Kentucky on July 27, 1897. His family soon moved to Chicago, Illinois where he attended school. In 1914 at the age of 17 Powell was accepted into … Read MoreWilliam J. Powell (1897-1942)

Robert R. Moton (1867-1940)

Image Ownership: Public domain Robert Russa Moton was born on the William Vaughan Plantation in 1867 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Moton attended the local freedman’s school and eventually went on to college at the Hampton Institute (now called Hampton University). At Hampton Institute Moton … Read MoreRobert R. Moton (1867-1940)