Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua (1824?-1857?)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua’s biography is the only known biography of a former slave from Brazil. Baquaqua was born around 1824 near Djougou in modern day Benin to a Muslim merchant family.  Baquaqua was captured from Djougou in 1845 while acting as … Read MoreMahommah Gardo Baquaqua (1824?-1857?)

Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd (1870-1915)

Alfred Schmitz Shadd, a black educator, physician, farmer, politician, editor and civic leader was born in Raleigh, Ontario in 1870. He was the fourth son of Garrison and Harriet Poindexter Shadd, a distinguished abolitionist family. Shadd planned to become a doctor but trained as a … Read MoreDr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd (1870-1915)