Frederick Douglas Patterson (1871-1932)

Frederick Douglas Patterson was the first African American to build motorized cars. His father, Charles Rich Patterson, a former enslaved person, created C. R. Patterson and Sons Company located in Greenfield, Ohio. Beginning in 1865, the company built fashionable carriages. Frederick Patterson inherited the company … Read MoreFrederick Douglas Patterson (1871-1932)

David Hackney (1965- )

George David Hackney is the current Washington State Representative for the 11th Legislative District Position 1 representing the Georgetown and South Park neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington, as well as Tukwila and portions of Renton, Kent, and unincorporated King County. Representative Hackney was born in Cleveland, … Read MoreDavid Hackney (1965- )

The Cleveland Buckeyes (1941-1950)

The Cleveland Buckeyes were a Negro League baseball team established initially as the Buckeyes Baseball Club, in Cincinnati, Ohio. On the eve of World War II, a white Cleveland sports promoter, Wilbur Hayes, approached Erie, Pennsylvania black businessman Ernest Wright about financially backing a Cleveland-based … Read MoreThe Cleveland Buckeyes (1941-1950)

Gardner Taylor (1918-2015)

Gardner Taylor was a civil rights advocate, social change agent, prominent minister, and leader within the National Baptist Convention. Taylor became known as “the dean of American preaching” and was admired by many for his understanding and teachings of the Christian faith. Taylor was born … Read MoreGardner Taylor (1918-2015)

Nashville/ Baltimore Elite Giants (1920-1951)

The Baltimore Elite Giants was a professional Black baseball team that played in the independent league as well as all of the Negro Leagues formed. The franchise had previously played in Nashville, Cleveland, Columbus, and Washington, before finding its home in Baltimore. The team was … Read MoreNashville/ Baltimore Elite Giants (1920-1951)