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  • Virginia Dare (1587 - d.)
    Virginia Dare (born August 18, 1587, date of death unknown) was the first child born in the Americas to English parents, Eleanor (or Ellinor/Elyonor) and Ananias Dare.[1] She was born into the short-li...
  • Frank Lee Morris (1926 - d.)
    Franklin "Frank" Lee Morris quick facts- Born 9/1/1926 Gallinger Hospital Washington D.C. Orphaned at or about age 11 His vocation was a laborer in shoe repair. Frank was also trained in Mechanical D...
  • Clarence Anglin (1931 - d.)
    Clarence Anglin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia It has been suggested that this article be merged with John Anglin. (Discuss) Proposed since October 2015. This article needs additional citati...
  • John William Anglin (1930 - d.)
    John William Anglin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For the American Civil War sailor, see John Anglin (Medal of Honor). It has been suggested that this article be merged with Clarence Anglin. ...
  • Frankie Silvers (Stewart) (1815 - 1833)
    Folk figure. An Appalachian Mountain girl, Frankie died on the gallows for the grisly murder of her young husband, Charlie Silver, in what may have been a miscarriage of justice. Although neither the f...

What is a "folk hero?"

Here's a definition from American Folk Heroes

Folk heroes and heroines are not born as superstars. In fact they often begin life as everyday people who are transformed into extraordinary people by significant life events, often in response to social injustice, and sometimes in response to natural disasters. In all cases they are individuals who have found a way to apply their particular character strengths, beliefs and values to overcome adversity.

  • All folk heroes represent what is possible for the common person; they offer a road map, so to speak, of how to keep moving in the face of oppression or corruption and are often the people we admire most and often aspire to be like.

Add "the folk hero in your family" to this project from wherever they may be. Collaborators, feel free to add to the lists that get us started, and to the Project photo gallery.

Historically documented only, please.



The Making of a Jewish Folk Hero: The Golem of the Maharal of Prague

The Golem of Prague, a Jewish Folk Tale provides one of the finest examples of this synthesis of history, culture and religion in its hero the Rabbi Judah Ben Loewe, known as the Maharal. For while his association with the golem is fictional, the Maharal himself was a very real person.