Richard Bruce Nugent (1906-1987)

Richard Bruce Nugent (also Bruce Nugent), artist, writer, actor, dancer, dilettante, and bohemian of 1920s Harlem, was born to middle class Washington, D.C. socialites Richard Henry Nugent and Pauline Minerva Bruce Nugent. His father was a Pullman porter; his mother a pianist. Nugent attended Washington, … Read MoreRichard Bruce Nugent (1906-1987)

The Manumission of Monimia Travers: A Slave Freed at Fort Vancouver

Fort Vancouver in 1845 Image Ownership: Public Domain Few people identify slavery with Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.  However, there were slaves in the region particularly in the decade before the Civil War.  In the following article, Gregory Paynter Shine, the Chief Ranger and Historian … Read MoreThe Manumission of Monimia Travers: A Slave Freed at Fort Vancouver

Partido de Independiente de Color (Cuba, 1908-1912)

Members of the Partido de Independiente de Color de Cuba Image Ownership: Public Domain Founded in August of 1908 by veterans of Cuba’s War for Independence, El Partido de Independiente de Color (PIC) became the Caribbean’s first 20th century black political party.  Created to support … Read MorePartido de Independiente de Color (Cuba, 1908-1912)

Buffalo Soldiers at Vancouver, Washington Barracks (1899-1900)

Edward Gibson, Retired at Vancouver Barracks Image Courtsey of Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth In 1849 the U.S. Army established its first military post in the Pacific Northwest at Vancouver, Washington.  Known varyingly as Columbia Barracks, Fort Vancouver, and, since 1879, Vancouver Barracks, the … Read MoreBuffalo Soldiers at Vancouver, Washington Barracks (1899-1900)