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Black Men Built the Capitol

U.S. Capitol being built by Black men

It was the mid-1850s and the U.S. capitol was under construction, with plans for a new dome and a statue to sit on top of it. At first, the sculptor of this statue wanted to create the likeness of a freed slave. The statue would be simply titled, “Freedom.”

Jane Bolin: America’s First Black Female Judge

After graduating from Wellesley College as a top student in 1928, Jane Bolin went on to pursue a career in law. Although she didn’t receive much support, Bolin still went on to make American history throughout her career.

Meet America's First Ever Black Female Senator

Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun was born on August 16, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. From an early age she showed a great interest in political and social issues. This interest resulted in her becoming the first African-American female senator and also the first African-American senator from the Democratic Party.

The Slave That Packed Himself in a Box and Mailed Himself to Freedom

Henry Box Brown, slave who mailed himself to freedom

Henry "Box" Brown was born in 1815 as a slave in Louisa County, Virginia. Later, he and his family were sold to a plantation in North Carolina. In 1849, he became a free man by putting himself in a box and mailing himself to freedom.

The Original Black Barbie Doll Debuted in 1980

Original Black Barbie doll

Mattel, one of the largest manufacturers of toys in the country, released the original Black Barbie® doll in 1980. Though beloved friends of Barbie® – like Christie and Francie – were introduced over the preceding decades, this was the first black fashion doll to be hailed as Barbie® herself.

The Slave Who Cleverly Stole a Confederate Ship and Freed Himself With 15 Others

Robert Smalls

Robert Smalls was born as a slave in 1839, but later became a free man after he cleverly managed to steal a confederate ship and steer his way to freedom.

MLK Was 15-Years Old When He Finished High School, and 19 When He Graduated College

Martin Luther King, Jr. graduating from high school

Dr. Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and had already graduated from Booker T. Washington High School by the time he was just 15-years old. That same year, in 1944, he was accepted into Morehouse College, and in 1948, he graduated from there with a B.A. degree in Sociology. He was only 19-years old.

Meet the First Black Woman to Win a Pulitzer Prize For a Fiction Novel

Alice Walker

Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She was the first Black female writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for a work of fiction. She also won the American Book Award.

What Did Jesus Look Like?

Black Jesus

Many people of African descent believe that Jesus Christ was a Black man, but the truth is that his physical appearance while on earth is not described in the Bible, a collection of ancient manuscripts cherished by billions of Christians around the world.

There Are Currently No Black-Owned NFL Teams, But It Almost Happened Several Times

Black NFL players

The NFL, which was founded in the year 1920, has had millions of African American fans and thousands of African American players, but not one Black-owned NFL team.

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Top Black History Museums and Cultural Centers:
There are hundreds of Black history museums in the United States that preserve artifacts, records, documents, and more related to African Americans. They vary in size and popularity, but all of them have exclusive exhibits and collections that millions of people from all ethnic backgrounds take interest in. [Find one to visit...]

Top Black History Organizations and Projects:
There are many organizations and projects that are dedicated to African American history. These include foundations and other educational initiatives. All of them typically have the common goal of preserving Black culture and heritage for those who are interested in gaining more awareness about the African American experience over the past 500 years or longer. [Learn more...]

The History of Black History:
The heritage and experience of African Americans that typically dates back to the mid 1500's when Black people were captured in Africa and brought against their will to America to become slaves. After nearly 400 years of slavery and dehumanization, African Americans were eventually freed but were oppressed, discriminated against, and were initially not even recognized as legal citizens of the United States. [Learn more...]