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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...
...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...
...Stewart, Maria Miller Maria Miller was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1803 (detailed information about her African American family and birth is not known). By age five she was orphaned and worked as a servant with a clergyman's family...
...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...
...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...
...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...
...Alexander Crummell was born 3 March 1819 in New York City, and died on 10 September 1898 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. His father, Boston Crummell, was born in Sierra Leone and worked as an oysterman. His mother, Charity Hicks...
...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...
...Fannie Barrier was born on 12 February 1855 in Brockport, New York, and died there on 4 March 1944. As a third-generation Free Negro, her life differed dramatically from that of the typical African-American slave. She was trained...