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George Speck aka Crum (1828 - 1914)

George Speck aka Crum (1822 - 1914) In the summer of 1853, George Crum, The son of an African American Father and a Native American Mother, was employed as a chef at an elegant resort in Saratoga Spr...

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George Edward Alcorn MP

George Edward Alcorn, Jr. was born on March 22, 1940, to George and Arletta Dixon Alcorn. His father was an auto mechanic who sacrificed so Alcorn and his brother could get an education. Alcorn attende...

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James Forten (1766 - 1842)

James Forten was a wealthy African-American businessman (sail maker) and abolitionist, born free in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Forten began experimenting with different types of sails for ships and fi...

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Austin Wingate Curtis MP (1872 - d.)

Dr. Austin W. Curtis Jr. was a long time companion and business partner of George Washington Carver. In 1935, Dr. Curtis arrived at Tuskegee in September. For the next eight years Dr. Curtis worked wit...

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Garrett A. Morgan MP (b. - 1963)

Garrett A. Morgan (1877-1963) Garrett Augustus Morgan was an African American inventor, whose inquisitiveness led to the invention of many valuable and safety devices. Among his creations are the thr...

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Jelly Roll Morton MP (1885 - 1941)

Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe "Jelly Roll" Morton (September 20, 1890 - July 10, 1941) Genealogy link: The self-proclaimed inventor of Jazz and Stomp music, Morton grew up in the right environment to ab...

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Prince MP

Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his mononym Prince , is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He has produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles...

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Norbert Rillieux MP (1806 - 1894)

Safety, efficiency and profitability - these are the major reasons for the success of an invention. As well, an even greater qualification is when the invention revolutionizes an industry and an overwh...

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Benjamin Banneker MP (1731 - 1806)

Benjamin Banneker -- author, scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, publisher and urban planner -- was descended from enslaved Africans, an indentured English servant, and free men and women of ...

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Granville T. Woods MP (1856 - 1910)

Granville T. Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910), was an African-American inventor who is famous as an American inventor who holds more than 60 patents for inventions. Most of his work was...

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Lelia (A'Lelia Walker) McWilliams MP (1885 - d.)

A'Lelia McWilliams Walker (1885-1931) Corporate Executive & Arts Supporter Exerpted from: Lelia McWilliams (1885-1931)-- born in Vickburg, Mississippi -- was a patron to the so-called "black li...

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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles MP

New York, NY, USA

Beyonce's father is African-American, and her mother is of Creole descent (French, African and Native American). Beyonce's maternal grandparents were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles, and Beyonce's na...

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Madam C. J. Walker MP (1867 - 1919)

I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of...

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George Washington Carver MP (1864 - 1943)

Mary Ann was George's real Mom. the accounts vary on what happen to her after she was kidnapped. one of the accounts is below George Washington Carver (January 1864 - January 5, 1943), was an America...

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