James Williams (1825- ?)

Cover: Fugitive Slave in Gold Rush California Image Ownership: Public domain James Williams, a fugitive from slavery and the author of the only known full-length slave narrative published independently (in California), was born John Thomas in Elkton, Maryland, April 1, 1825. At age thirteen, he … Read MoreJames Williams (1825- ?)

Donnis Hazel Thompson (1933-2009)

Dr. Donnis Hazel Thompson was an athlete, coach, University of Hawaii Women’s Athletic Director, State of Hawaii Department of Education school superintendent, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission chair in Hawaii, and champion for Title IX women’s athletics in Hawaii. Thompson was born in Chicago, Illinois, … Read MoreDonnis Hazel Thompson (1933-2009)

Richard Freeman (?-1851)

Site of Richard Freeman Saloon in Old Town San Diego Image Ownership: Public domain Richard Freeman, deputy city marshal and entrepreneur in the early years of San Diego, California, was born somewhere in the Eastern United States. His date of birth is unknown and so … Read MoreRichard Freeman (?-1851)

Joe Travis (1815- ?)

William Travis and His Bondservant, Joe, at the Alamo Image Ownership: Public domain Joseph, an enslaved person, was one of a handful of survivors at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.  He was born around 1815. Known simply as Joe, he was sold four … Read MoreJoe Travis (1815- ?)

Jean Baptiste Roumain (Jacques) / Roumain, Jacques (1907-1944)

Image Ownership: Public domain Jacques Roumain (Born Jean-Baptiste Roumain) was a Haitian author, poet, novelist, essayist, political activist, and diplomat born on June 4, 1907. He was one of the more famous twentieth century Haitian intellectuals. Jacques Roumain was born in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. … Read MoreJean Baptiste Roumain (Jacques) / Roumain, Jacques (1907-1944)

Stacey Dash (1967- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Stacey Lauretta Dash is an American actress and talk show host. She is most widely known for co-staring in the film Clueless (1995), which later turned into a television series (1996-1999). She is also cited for her recurring role in The … Read MoreStacey Dash (1967- )

William P. Stewart (1839–1907)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" William P. Stewart, a Civil War veteran, was also an early black settler in Snohomish County, Washington. Stewart was born on December 9, 1839, as a free person of color to Walden and Henrietta Stewart in Sangamon County, Illinois. He had … Read MoreWilliam P. Stewart (1839–1907)

Edward W. Anderson (1871–1953)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Entrepreneur, political organizer, and civilian pioneer, Edward William Anderson was born the son of former slaves, Wyatt and Fannie Anderson, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, September 26, 1871. He arrived in San Diego, California, in the mid-1890s with just $1.25 in his pocket … Read MoreEdward W. Anderson (1871–1953)