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...Whipper, William William Whipper was born on 22 February 1804 in Drumore Township (now Little Britain Township) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Nance, a female slave, and a white merchant. He was raised in the home...
...Howard Thurman was born on 18 November 1899 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The racial discrimination policies of Daytona prevented black youth from attending local high schools. Thurman left Daytona to receive his secondary education...
...Joseph Washington was born on 30 October 1930 in Iowa City, Iowa. He received a BA degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1952. After serving in the United States Army for two years, Washington continued his training...
...Delany, Martin Robison Martin Robison Delany was born in Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) on 6 May 1812, and he died on 24 January 1885 in Wilberforce, Ohio. His father, Samuel, was a slave but his mother, Pati Peace, was a free...

Banneker, Benjamin (1731–1806)

Robert G. Parkinson

College of William and Mary Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Benjamin Banneker, Benjamin Banneker was a multitalented free black man from Maryland who gained prominence in several occupations, including surveying, publishing, astronomy, and mathematics. Banneker's grandmother was Molly Walsh...

Wheatley, Phillis (1753–84)

Carole Lynn Stewart

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...Phillis Wheatley's life and poetry presents a major dilemma within the environment of the American Enlightenment and the belief in natural liberty and human rights coexisting with the enslavement of Africans. Brought to Boston...
...Douglass, Frederick x, Frederick Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in February 1818 near Easton, Maryland. Douglass escaped from slavery in 1838, settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and changed his surname...
...Cary, Mary Ann Shadd Mary Ann Shadd was born on 9 October 1823 to Abraham and Harriett Shadd, a free black family in the slave state of Delaware. She was the eldest of thirteen children. Shortly after Mary Ann's birth, the Shadd family...
...Woodbey, George Washington Born a slave on 5 October 1854 in Johnson County, Tennessee, George Woodbey learned to read and write after the emancipation of 1865. Little is known of his childhood. What we do know is that he...
...Jones, Major Jake Major J. Jones was born on 24 December 1918 in Rome, Georgia. He received his BA from Clark College in 1941. He then did graduate work at Gammon Theological Seminary where he earned a BD in 1944, and at Oberlin College...