thecivilwarparlor: “ Rare Photo of Two Unidentified Boys Kentuckiana Digital Library via University of Kentucky [Identification of item], The Belle Brezing Photographic Collection, Special Collections, University of Kentucky. Note: Unable to.
Beautiful photography on the porch. Cudjo Lewis is considered the last survivor of the last slave ship to enter the United States. He was born around 1841 to a Yoruba family in the Banté region of Dahomey (today Benin).
Ancient Appalachian people boasted of having Portuguese ancestry to avoid slavery. Genetic evidence shows that the families historically called Melungeons are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin.
This is an African American drummer boy in the Union army. I would mention how the youngest drummer boy ever was just seven years old, and how young boys would frequently run away to enlist as drummer boys.
Hiram Rhoades Revels the first Black Senator. Of mixed African & Indian descent, he was a Methodist minister; later the first Black Senator (Mississippi) during Reconstruction; later still, the President of Alcorn University. Photo by Matthew Brady