Stono Rebellion (1739)

On Sunday, September 9th, 1739 the British colony of South Carolina was shaken by a slave uprising that culminated with the death of sixty people. Led by an Angolan named Jemmy, a band of twenty slaves organized a rebellion on the banks of the Stono River. After breaking into Hutchinson’s store the band, … Read MoreStono Rebellion (1739)

Fats Waller (1904-1943)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Jazz pianist virtuoso, organist, composer and grand entertainer, Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller was born on May 21, 1904 in Harlem, New York.  He became one of the most popular and influential performers of his era and a master of stride piano playing, finding … Read MoreFats Waller (1904-1943)

Peter Davis (1887?-1971)

Peter Davis and Louis Armstrong, New Orleans, 1963 Image Courtesy of Robert Mikell Peter Davis is best known as the music teacher of Louis Armstrong.  Much of his life story is found in interviews. The exact date of his birth is uncertain but he recalled … Read MorePeter Davis (1887?-1971)

The Mississippi River Great Flood of 1927

Flooded Greenville, Mississippi, April, 1927 Image Ownership: Public domain The Mississippi River “Great Flood of 1927” inundated large areas in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. However, it was in Mississippi where the embankments overflowed, drowning hundreds, perhaps a thousand people, and became one of the largest … Read MoreThe Mississippi River Great Flood of 1927

The Jackson State Killings, 1970

Philip Gibbs and James Earl Green Killed at Jackson State College, May 15, 1970 Image Ownership: Public domain The Jackson State Killings took place at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) on May 15, 1970, in Jackson, Mississippi.  Around midnight on May 14, city … Read MoreThe Jackson State Killings, 1970

The Amistad Mutiny, 1839

The Amistad Mutiny Trial in Connecticut, 1840 Image Ownership: Public domain The Amistad Mutiny occurred on the Spanish schooner La Amistad on July 2, 1839. The incident began In February 1839 when Portuguese slave hunters illegally seized 53 Africans in Sierra Leone, a British colony, … Read MoreThe Amistad Mutiny, 1839

Sophia Angeli Nelson (1967- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Sophia Angeli Nelson is an author, journalist, lawyer, and political strategist. Nelson was born on January 5, 1967, in Munich, Germany, where her father served overseas in the U.S. Army. She was raised in Somerdale, New Jersey, and attended San Diego … Read MoreSophia Angeli Nelson (1967- )

Bussa Rebellion (1816)

Bussa Emancipation Statue, Bridgetown, Barbados Image Ownership: Public domain The Bussa Rebellion was the largest slave revolt in the history of Barbados. The rebellion took its name from the African-born slave, Bussa, who led the uprising. The Bussa Rebellion was the first of the three … Read MoreBussa Rebellion (1816)

Freedmen’s Town Houston, Texas (1865- )

Freedmen’s Town is a nationally registered historical site. The site was originally a community located in the fourth ward of Houston, Texas that began in 1865 as the destination for former enslaved people from surrounding plantations in Texas and Louisiana after the Civil War. Freedmen’s … Read MoreFreedmen’s Town Houston, Texas (1865- )