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"I'm an African-American" What does it really mean when I say that? The title implies that I am an African citizen who immigrated to the United States by choice and chose to become an American citizen.

African-American Genealogy: 80 Top Resources for Finding Your African Ancestors

A large, comprehensive collection of African-American genealogy and ancestry resources to help you build your family tree and find your African ancestors.

Solomon G. Brown was born on February 14, 1829 in Washington D.C. He was the first African American employee of the Smithsonian Institution. He was also a poet, lecturer, and scientific technician. He joined the Smithsonian in 1852 and remained there for fifty-four years until he retired.

Solomon G. Brown was born on February 14, 1829 in Washington D.C. He was the first African American employee of the Smithsonian Institution. He was also a poet, lecturer, and scientific technician. He joined the Smithsonian in 1852 and remained there for fifty-four years until he retired.

The 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington. Ninety percent of them were African-American, a far higher black percentage than for any other common name. George Washington’s name is inseparable from America, andThe 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington. Ninety percent of them were African-American, a far higher black percentage than for any other common name. George Washington’s name is inseparable from America, and not only from the…

The 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington. Ninety percent of them were African-American, a far higher black percentage than for any other common name. George Washington’s name is inseparable from America, andThe 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington. Ninety percent of them were African-American, a far higher black percentage than for any other common name. George Washington’s name is inseparable from America, and not only from the…

80 Top African-American Genealogy Resources

A large, comprehensive collection of African-American genealogy and ancestry resources to help you build your family tree and find your African ancestors.

Donyale Luna (born Peggy Ann Freeman), American fashion model and actress. She was the 1st African American model to appear on the cover of British Vogue. Despite the parentage on her birth certificate, she insisted that her biological fathers surname was Luna and that her mother was Indigenous Mexican and of Afro-Egyptian lineage. Her sister described her as a very weird child, even from birth, living in a wonderland, a dream, routinely creating fantasies about her background and herself…

Donyale Luna in linked disc dress by Paco Rabanne, photo by Guy Bourdin, Vogue, April 1966

African-American Genealogy: 80 Top Resources for Finding Your African Ancestors

A large, comprehensive collection of African-American genealogy and ancestry resources to help you build your family tree and find your African ancestors.

Bass Reeves - "The veteran Negro deputy never quailed in facing any man." Reeves became an expert with pistol and rifle. Territorial newspapers stated that he killed fourteen outlaws during his career as a peace officer.

Bass Reeves,Deputy U. Marshal west of the Mississippi River, arrested over felons and shot and killed fourteen outlaws in self-defense.

How Blacks have Irish Last Names | Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans & Caribbean have Irish last names? Is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t think Gone With The Wind and the O’Hara plantation. What a lot of people don’t know is that Irish were slaves too, hundreds of thousands were sent to work in the West Indies and they blended with the black slaves thus we have Irish names like McFadden, McDonalds, etc. CLICK to read more

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Ever wonder how a lot of African Americans have Irish last names? It is not because of Irish slave owners, no erase that foolishness……don’t .

932 Likes, 14 Comments - Celia Jacobs (@celiajacobs) on Instagram: “New illustration for @lennyletter for an article by an African American woman whose surname holds…”

932 Likes, 14 Comments - Celia Jacobs (@celiajacobs) on Instagram: “New illustration for @lennyletter for an article by an African American woman whose surname holds…”

With the recent release of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, the Civil War has been a hot topic. But for some people, like Rod Coddington, it's always an area of interest — blockbuster or not.

African-American Faces Of The Civil War

*GEORGE WILLIAM COMMODORE ~ born free+raised in Baltimore.At about age joined the Navy."He must have taken some ribbing, "Coddington writes in his book,"his surname being the same as a high naval rank.

Alfred W. Harris introduced the bill that chartered Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (later Virginia State University) during his time in the House of Delegates (1881–1888). Harris was born enslaved in Fairfax County, during the AmericanAlfred W. Harris introduced the bill that chartered Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (later Virginia State University) during his time in the House of Delegates (1881–1888). Harris was born enslaved in Fairfax County, during the American Civil…

Alfred W. Harris introduced the bill that chartered Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (later Virginia State University) during his time in the House of Delegates (1881–1888). Harris was born enslaved in Fairfax County, during the AmericanAlfred W. Harris introduced the bill that chartered Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute (later Virginia State University) during his time in the House of Delegates (1881–1888). Harris was born enslaved in Fairfax County, during the American Civil…

African American Research: Tips for Tracing Families Post-1865.  PHOTO: Four African American boys sitting on a canon.

African American Research: Tips for Tracing Families PHOTO: Four African American boys sitting on a canon.

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