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Afro-American Realty Company

 

Wed, Jul 27, 1904 – Page 3 · The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, California) · Newspapers.com

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Tulsa Colored Business Directory

 

When I took my trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2017 I took pictures of the plaques honoring the businesses that were destroyed in the greenwood massacre. The pictures below are listed in the business directory in The Tulsa Star in 1920.

 

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African Burial Ground-Van Cortlandt Park

The African Burial Ground in Van Cortlandt Park (“Van Cortlandt Park is a 1,146-acre park located in the borough of the Bronx in New York City”.)

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 90: African Arrival Day Celebration

Check out episode 90 of BlackProGen LIVE!

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 83: Stories from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Parts 1&2

Did you miss BlackProGen LIVE Episode 83? Don’t worry you can check out parts 1&2 below.

“In 2018, The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice which memorializes more than 4,400 African American men, women, and children who were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Episode 83 will feature the family history of some of the victims documented in the memorial in an effort to humanize and bring light to their lives outside of a tragic event they have been associated with.”

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JUNETEENTH

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I visited Galveston back in February and came across the Juneteenth plaque. IMG_4052

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The “Mayor of Douglasville”

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Photo obtained via Ancestry.com

Last night I was doing a research and came across the Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves; Volume: I; State: Alabama (click here )Compiled by the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, there are over 2300 individual accounts of slavery, and 500 photos of former slaves. Information may include surnames of interviewees, birthplaces, ages, parents names, former slave owners, and interview location.

I found Mr. Abe Whitess on page 423 he was born in Mississippi and worked on Colonel Rupert’s plantation in Butler County, Alabama after he was freed. Mr. Whitess moved down to Bay Minette, Alabama. I have a large portion of family down there so of course, I wanted to know a little bit more about him. Mr. Whites worked odd jobs and became the chairman of the republican party, according to his interview. Mr. Whitess even owned 14 acres of land, he donated part of his land to open a part Douglasville, the area of Bay Minette he resided in, for a public road. After doing that the people pf the community, mostly African American dubbed Mr. Whitess the “Mayor of Douglasville”. I plan to read more interviews, I find their stories really interesting and it gives me a glimpse into what life was like for an enslaved person.

Checkout Mr. Whitess’ interview below.

 

 

Source Citation

Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves; Volume: I; State: Alabama

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Who Do You Think You Are

Missed the Who Do You Think You Are? Checkout these two full episodes

Aisha Tyler’s journey reveals an ancestor who, as a politician, struggled to keep his illegitimate son a secret. Against all odds, her 2x great-grandfather exemplifies bravery and determination during one of America’s most tumultuous eras of racism.

http://www.tlc.com/embed?page=189864

Tracing his patriotic roots, Scott Foley finds a relative who risked his life for one of America’s founding fathers, and an ancestor who suffered unspeakably during one of this nation’s darkest times.

http://www.tlc.com/embed?page=191362

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Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

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Did you know? Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.(1912-2002) is remembered for many things: Being the first Black Air Force General, leading the Tuskegee Airmen flight squadron and standing up to the military establishment in advancing the cause of Black soldiers. For more information on Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. click here

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Frank E. Peterson Jr.

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Did you know? On this day February 23rd, 1979, Frank E. Peterson Jr.(1932-2015) Was named the 1st black general in the Marine Corps. For information on Frank E. Peterson Jr click here

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