California The History of Allensworth (1908- )

In the article below retired California State University, Fresno historian Robert Mikell explores the history of the only all-black town created in the Golden State.  He traces that history including the role of its principal founder, Colonel Allen Allensworth, from 1908. Centennial Celebration at Allensworth … Read MoreCalifornia The History of Allensworth (1908- )

The Boston Saloon (1864-1875)

Excavation of the Boston Saloon, July 2000 Image Ownership: Public domain The Boston Saloon, which operated in Virginia City, Nevada, is the only black-owned Western saloon to be the subject of an archaeological excavation. During Virginia City’s heyday in the early 1870s, the town supported … Read MoreThe Boston Saloon (1864-1875)

Colin Rand Kaepernick (1987- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Colin Rand Kaepernick, a professional football quarterback formerly for the San Francisco (California) 49ers of the National Football League (NFL), is currently a free agent. He played collegiate football at the University of Nevada where he twice was named the Western … Read MoreColin Rand Kaepernick (1987- )

Maurice E. Washington (1956- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Maurice E. Washington is a Reno, Nevada businessman and pastor who is best known as a former Republican member of the Nevada State Senate. Washington was born on July 25, 1956, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He moved to Nevada where he … Read MoreMaurice E. Washington (1956- )

Shirley Bassey (1937– )

Image Ownership: Public domain One of the most popular female vocalists in Britain during the last half of the twentieth century, Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey is a Welsh singer best known for recording the theme song to three James Bond movies: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, … Read MoreShirley Bassey (1937– )

Joe “Gans” Gant (1874–1910)

Joe Gans and Oscar Nelson Before the “Fight of the Century” at Goldfield, Nevada, Labor Day, 1906 "Image Ownership: Public Domain" Joe Gant, who was given the name Gans by the press, became the first American and African American to hold a world boxing title … Read MoreJoe “Gans” Gant (1874–1910)

Tony Gleaton (1948-2015)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Leo Antony "Tony" Gleaton is an African American photographer, scholar, and artist who is best known for his photographic images capturing and documenting the African influence in the American West and Central and South America. Gleaton, the youngest son of an … Read MoreTony Gleaton (1948-2015)