William Levi Dawson (1886-1970)

William Levi Dawson was a well-known Chicago, Illinois lawyer who became one of the city’s most influential politicians.  His career paralleled the rising significance of African Americans in the Democratic Party.  Dawson was born in Albany, Georgia on April 26, 1886.  Little is known of … Read MoreWilliam Levi Dawson (1886-1970)

Theophilus Gould Steward (1843-1924)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Theophilus G. Steward, African Methodist Episcopal minister, U.S. Army chaplain, and historian, was born April 17, 1843 in Bridgeton, New Jersey.  Publicly educated, he entered the ministry in 1864 and immediately sought to “go South.”  His wishes were granted in May … Read MoreTheophilus Gould Steward (1843-1924)

Brownsville Affray, 1906

Image Ownership: Public Domain In July 1906, the U.S. Army stationed three companies of the all-black Twenty-Fifth Infantry at Fort Brown, Texas, adjacent to Brownsville.  In recent years, southern Texas and the border region had seen periodic disturbances between American soldiers and local Chicanos who … Read MoreBrownsville Affray, 1906