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Welcome to BlackHistory.com! This web site features unique stories about Black history, culture and accomplishments. We spotlight African Americans who made and/or are still making significant contributions to technology, business, entertainment, politics, and even sports!

Meet the Black Man Who Invented Mobile Refrigeration and Owns More Than 60 Patents

Frederick Jones, inventor of mobile refrigeration

Frederick Jones, an African American inventor and entrepreneur, is credited for his great invention of the portable refrigerator. He received over 60 patents for his other inventions. Jones managed to achieve all of these accomplishments while living in the era of Jim Crow laws and other propaganda used against Black Americans.

Aretha Franklin Was a Teen Mom at Age 13 -- But She Still Became the Queen of Soul!

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, also known as the Queen of Soul, is considered to be one of the greatest singers and musicians of all time. But beyond the shining fame, Franklin seemed to have a troubled soul that she struggled to hide from the public eye until her death in August 2018.

Atlanta’s First Black Millionaire Started Out as a Barber

Alonzo Herndon

Alonzo Herndon is best known as the first African-American entrepreneur from Atlanta to become a millionaire. He was born in 1858 into slavery to a Black mother and white father who was likely his mother's slavemaster. He went on to be a sharecropper, and in 1878, he trained to become a barber. This eventually created an opportunity for him to own and operate three large barber shops in the Atlanta area that served prominent white men.

There Were Nearly a Million Black Farmers in 1920 — What Happened?

Black farmers in the 1920's

In the year 1920, the number of Black farmers in the U.S. peaked at 949,889. Since then, however, that number has never increased and instead has consistently spiraled downward. Today, there are merely 45,508 Black farmers, most of whom are struggling to make a decent living. It's no surprise that racial discrimination is the main reason why!

Black Kings (and Queens) Ruled Europe For Almost 700 Years

Moors who ruled as Black kings in Europe

History confirms that the Moors ruled in Europe -- primarily Spain and Portugal -- for almost 700 years. They were known for their influence in European culture, but not many people know that the Moors were actually Black.

We Know Her as Toni Morrison, But That's Not Really Her Name -- Here's Why She Changed It!

Chloe Wofford also known as Toni Morrison

The late Toni Morrison, a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, is known as the author of many notable novels that highlight African American culture. Her works include Beloved and The Bluest Eye. For decades, people have known her name to be Toni Morrison, but what many people don't know is that her real name is actually Chloe Anthony Wofford.

Private School in DC Believed to Had Taught Slaves How to Read Actually Sold Slaves Instead

The Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

The Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, a prestigious girls' school in Washington, D.C. founded in 1799, has always had an admirable reputation as it was once believed that the founding nuns allowed slaves to attend classes and taught them to read. But recent research contradicts that legend and reveals a different story -- the nuns actually sold slaves!

Meet Sister Rosetta Tharpe - the Black Woman Who Invented Rock and Roll Music!

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, famous in the 1930s for her upbeat electric guitar playing style, is the original godmother of rock and roll music. She was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, and recognized for her contributions in paving the way for other artists in the industry.

This 14-Year Old Boy Was Cleared of Murder... 70 Years After Being Executed!

George Stinney, Jr.

A 14-year old African-American boy named George Stinney Jr. was executed in 1944 after being accused of murdering two white girls. He is the youngest person ever put to death in the electric chair. But 70 years later, his wrongful conviction was overturned!

The Truth About Black People and Country Music — We Created It!

African Americans playing and dancing to country music

The global success of rapper Lil Nas X's hip hop country song "Old Town Road" should not be a surprise to anyone. According to The True Origins of Country Music, a very powerful TED Talk by vocalist/ historian Queen Esther, not only is country music rooted in Black culture, but it also originated with blues music and West African music traditions.

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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...]