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“Unidentified young African American soldier in Union uniform with American flag”

c. 1863-1865

from Library of Congress, no known restrictions (cropped)
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2016650185/
Jackie Robinson in uniform 

- 1940s

via Wikimedia Commins, public domain
William Harvey Carney never let the American flag touch the ground during the storming of Fort Wagner which he survived in July of 1863.

Image c. 1864 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Man in suit, with hat and cane, ca. 1912

Image: The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Man in suit, with hat and cane, ca. 1912" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 31, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e2-ee82-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
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Sojourner Truth 

- sometime before 1883

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"America is no longer an obscure and inaccessible country. Our ships are in every sea, our commerce is in every port, our language is heard all around the globe, steam and lightning have revolutionized the whole domain of human thought, changed all geographical relations, make a day of the present seem equal to a thousand years of the past, and the continent that Columbus only conjectured four centuries ago is now the center of the world.”

- Frederick Douglass c. 1869

Image: Frederick Douglass c. 1866 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Couple conversing at roller skating rink of Savoy Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois

- 1941

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017788747/
African American sculptor Selma Burke with her portrait bust of Booker T. Washington 

c. 1935

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Photo of an African American family in the Southern U.S.
Child at play peeks out of a barrel just as the photographer takes the image 

From Robert N. Dennis collection by  O. Pierre Havens CC-BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Dizzie Gillespie, New York, N.Y.

- 1947

via Wikimedia Commons, no known restrictions
Julie Andrews & Harry Belafonte 

- 1969

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Two African American sailors standing near the USS Mason 

The USS Mason was an American vessel that was predominantly manned by an African American crew during WWII.

via Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts, no known restrictions
City Point, Virginia. African American soldier guarding U.S. Model 1857 12-pdr. Napoleon

- 1865

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
African American family from the Southern United States 

c. mid to late 1800s

via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA 4.0
African American soldier holding the Stars and Stripes 

c. 1910

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
"But, O my soul, sink not into despair,
Virtue is near thee, and with gentle hand”

- Phillis Wheatley  

https://heartfelthistory.com/store/poems-of-phillis-wheatley/
The Veteran 

- 1867 

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
Frederick Douglass with The Commissioners to Santo Domingo, Brooklyn Navy Yard

c. 1871

via The J. Paul Getty Museum, not in copyright
"Whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on today’s date January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Image: Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 
Quote via Wikiquote
African American mother teaching children numbers and alphabet in home of sharecropper, Transylvania, Louisiana

-  January 1939

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
African American Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Major Christian Abraham Fleetwood.
During the American Civil War, Fleetwood continued to carry the American flag under heavy enemy fire after two flag bearers fell.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Esther Rolle and Louis Gossett Jr. in Good Times

- 1976

 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American boxer Henry Armstrong was born on December 12th, 1912 in Columbus, Mississippi.

In the late 1930s Henry became the first boxer to reign as champion in three different weight classes at the same time - (featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.)

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Rosa Parks being fingerprinted in 1956 

This image was taken months after Rosa refused to surrender her seat on December 1st, 1955.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Queens N.Y. native Marie Maynard Daly

Marie was the first African American female to earn a Ph.D in chemistry.

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Buffalo soldier, 25th Infantry, Co. A

c. 1884-1890

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
Harriet Tubman, abolitionist

c. 1900

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On January 1st, 1863 Abraham Lincoln’s final Emancipation Proclamation was issued 

https://heartfelthistory.com/store/emancipation-proclamation-rolled-parchment-replica/

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
African American worker undersizing bushings at Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, PA during WWII

- 1942 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Crispus Attucks, the Brave man who gave his life in 1770 for American Independence 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Thurgood Marshall and LBJ

- 1965

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now that I was free. There was such a glory over everything. The sun came up like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.”

- Harriet Tubman

Image Harriet Tubman c. 1860s via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
In memory of Charley Pride 

1934 - 2020

https://youtu.be/u0zCqq6UY7s

Image via Alamy
American Jazz clarinetist George Lewis was born on July 13th, 1900 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

https://youtu.be/bf7CmNX6GPA

Image: George Lewis and his mother in 1950 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"The great collection of contemporaneous material is that of William Still, relating mainly to the work of the Vigilance Committee of Philadelphia. The motives and the methods of Mr. Still in keeping his register are given in the following words: "Thousands of escapes, harrowing separations, dreadful longings, dark gropings after lost parents, brothers, sisters, and identities, seemed ever to be pressing on my mind. While I knew the danger of keeping strict records, and while I did not then dream that in my day slavery would be blotted out, or that the time would come when I could publish these records, it used to afford me great satisfaction to take them down fresh from the lips of fugitives on the way to freedom, and to preserve them as they had given them. . . ." When in 1852 Mr. Still became the chairman of the Acting Committee of Vigilance his opportunities were doubtless increased for obtaining histories of cases; and he was then directed as head of the committee "to keep a record of all their doings, . . . especially of the money received and expended on behalf of every case claiming their interposition." 

During the period of the War, Chairman Still concealed the records and documents he had collected in the loft of Lebanon Cemetery building, and although their publication became practicable when the Proclamation of Emancipation was issued, the Underground Railroad Records did not appear until 1872.”

From: The Underground Railroad from Slavery to Freedom By Wilbur Henry Siebert, published in 1898
https://archive.org/details/undergroundrailr00siebuoft/page/7/mode/1up
Source says not in copyright 

Image: William Still, abolitionist 
via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Four African American women seated on steps of building at Atlanta University, Georgia

c. 1899 or 1900

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/95507126/
A group of African American migrant workers from Florida traveling north to work in New Jersey 

Image was taken in 1940 near Shawboro, North Carolina via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Rosa Parks was born on February 4th, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Image via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
The Power of Music

- 1847

by American artist William Sidney Mount via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Christ and His Mother Studying the Scriptures 

by African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner, painted in 1909

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
A Pastoral Visit 

- 1881 

by American artist Richard Brooke via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"William Garfield Marshall; Wardroom officers steward, U.S.N.; Lost when U.S.A. C.T. Ticonderoga was torpedoed and sunk September 30, 1918.”

via New York Public Library Digital Collections, public domain
"Women workers at quartermaster depot. The tradition of Betsy Ross is being kept alive in this quatermaster corps depot where this young woman worker assists in the creation of American flags for military activitities. Philadelphia Quartermaster Corps”

- 1942

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
Doris Miller was born on October 12th, 1919 in Waco, Texas.

Image: U.S. Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz pinning the Navy Cross on Doris Miller in Pearl Harbor, 1942 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
African American Union Soldier 

https://heartfelthistory.com/african-american-history/

via Alamy
Booker T. Washington in 1904 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
A family portrait c. 1916

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1916. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-1f42-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Public domain
Lt. Henry O. Flipper

c. 1877

On June 15th, 1877 Henry became the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, Texas

- June 19th, 1900

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Redd Foxx as Fred Sanford and Demond Wilson as his son, Lamont in the TV show Sanford and Son 

- 1972

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Two girls from Cincinnati, Ohio with cars and homes in the background 

- 1930s

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American Olympic champion Wilma Rudolph was born on June 23rd, 1940 in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee.

At the 1960 Olympic Games held in Rome, Italy she won three Gold medals in track and field. 

Image: Wilma Rudolph in Rome, 1960 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"...the measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in time of crisis.”

- Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall was born on July 2nd, 1908 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Image: Thurgood Marshall taken between 1935-1940 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Stable hand and trainer eating picnic lunch before the Shelby County Horse Show and Fair, Shelbyville, Kentucky

- August 1940

The New York Public Library. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-f937-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Public domain
Union Major Martin Robison Delany was the first African American field officer in the U.S. Army 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Two African American Navy officers, Ensign J. J. Jenkins and Clarence Samuels, aboard a cutter on the North Atlantic patrol

c. 1939-1945

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
Ozark Mountain area in Arkansas. The daughter of a sharecropper in the doorway of her home

- 1935

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
African American singer Marian Anderson at Lincoln Memorial 

- 1939

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Cotton gin at Dahomey, Mississippi 

c. 1890

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On today's date April 18th, 1813: James McCune Smith, the first African American physician to receive a University medical degree was born in Manhattan, New York.  
https://www.nyhistory.org/web/africanfreeschool/bios/james-mccune-smith.html

Smith graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland where he received multiple degrees between 1835-1837.
http://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/news/archives/2015/november/headline_432442_en.html

Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. "James McCune Smith, physician and abolitionist." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 18, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/8a1b8281-28fd-33ba-e040-e00a18061f74
On today's date August 28th, 1963 Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech to 200,000 in Washington, DC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n82rgdbM9G4

Photo: Public Domain
A tailor uses a ladder to fit Wilt Chamberlain in a new suit at Boyds in Philadelphia 

On today’s date March 2nd, 1962 Philadelphia Warrior Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Image by Mbrownboyds CC BY SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Mrs. Booker T. Washington - Mrs. Margaret Murray Washington

c. 1923

Margaret was Booker T. Washington’s third wife.
His first two wives passed away after only a few years of marriage.

Image via NYPL Digital Collections, public domain
Spanish American War: African American infantryman holding a Krag rifle with fixed bayonet while wearing a cartridge belt in Tampa, Florida ⠀
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c. 1898 ⠀
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via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
African American Master Sergeant William P. Thompkins sitting at a desk and looking at a photograph of his fiancée Delores Taylor, Fort Dix, New Jersey

- 1947

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
Louis Gossett, Ruby Dee and Sidney Poitier in A Raisin in The Sun.

The Broadway play premiered on March 11th, 1959

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Nick Biddle, an African American Union Soldier from Pottsville, Pennsylvania who was the first to be injured during the Baltimore Riot of 1861 (part of the American Civil War)

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004678578/
A vintage photograph of a woman wearing a decorative hat and lovely dress titled:

"At home April 27th, 1909”

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2015650123/
One man tin can band...San Francisco, California

- 1941

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017821614/
American boxer, World Heavyweight Champion and U.S. Army Veteran Joe Louis was born on May 13th, 1914 in LaFayette, Alabama.

Image: Joe Louis in 1941 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"Empress of The Blues” Bessie Smith 

- 1936

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

https://youtu.be/dPLshAF7yrM
African American family reading books 

c. 1922

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions 

https://heartfelthistory.com/african-american-history/
A portrait of African American polar explorer Matthew Henson from 1910.

Henson was born on August 8th, 1866 in 
Nanjemoy, Maryland.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Group portrait of Tuskegee Airmen squadron

c. 1939-1945

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions 

https://heartfelthistory.com/african-american-history/
Blue Hole, Flood Waters, Miami River in Ohio 

- 1851

by African American artist Robert S. Duncanson 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Marian Anderson receives the Spingarn Medal of the NAACP from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

- 1939

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions

https://heartfelthistory.com/african-american-history/
Andrew Moody and wife Tildy, ex-slave, Orange, Texas 

- 1937 

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 

https://heartfelthistory.com/african-american-history/
On April 15th, 1947 Jackie Robinson made his major league debut.

Just three days later he hit his first major league home run.

Image of Jackie Robinson in 1950 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

https://heartfelthistory.com/african-american-history/
Daughter of sharecropper; New Madrid County Missouri 

- 1938

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions 

https://heartfelthistory.com/african-american-history/
African American soldier stands guard over a group of Nazi prisoners 

- 1945

via Alamy 

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Duke Ellington in 1957

Ellington wrote his first musical composition when he was only 15 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Scott's Run, West Virginia. Johnson family - father unemployed.

- 1937

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain