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Jack Johnson MP (1878 - 1946)

John Arthur "Jack" Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the Galveston Giant was an American boxer, who—at the height of the Jim Crow era—became the first African American world heavywe...

4/23/2015 10/1/2015

George Speck aka Crum MP (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...

2/17/2011 2/17/2011

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...

1/19/2011 1/19/2011

James Forten MP (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...

11/29/2008 1/17/2011

Dr. 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...

1/17/2011 1/17/2011

Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. MP (1877 - 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...

1/15/2011 1/15/2011

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...

1/15/2011 1/15/2011

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...

1/14/2011 1/14/2011

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 o...

2/19/2008 1/14/2011

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 on tra...

1/14/2011 1/14/2011

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...

4/27/2009 1/14/2011

Beyoncé Knowles MP

"Beyoncé Knowles Carter", "Beyonce Knowles"

New York, New York County, New York, United States

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...

12/22/2008 1/14/2011

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...

1/14/2011 1/14/2011

George Washington Carver MP (1864 - 1943)

Parents: father thought to be Giles, a slave from a nearby plantation to the one his mother Mary worked on. (See further references at the bottom of the page). Adoptive parents: Moses and Susan Carve...

7/7/2009 1/14/2011