Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones, (b.1868 – d.1933) was an American soprano. She sometimes was called "The Black Patti" in reference to Italian opera singer Adelina Patti. Jones' repertoire included grand opera, light opera, and popular music. In June 1892, she became the first African-American to sing at Carnegie Hall (called the Music Hall then) in New York. Besides the US, she toured Europe, South America, Australia, Russia, India, and southern Africa.
Stagecoach Mary, Mary Fields, was born a slave in 1832, and was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the U.S., driving her mail route by stagecoach from Cascade to St. Peter's Mission, Montana. In 1895, at 60 YO, she was hired since she was the fastest applicant to hitch a team of 6 horses. She never missed a day of work and during heavy snowfalls, had to deliver the mail on foot. After she retired, she became friends with actor, Gary Cooper and was famous in her…
Little Sarah Rector, a former slave, became one of the richest little girls in America in 1914. Rector had been born among the Creek Indians, as a descendant of slaves. As a result of an earlier land treaty from the government. Back in 1887, the government awarded the Creek minors children 160 acres of land, which passed to Rector after her parents' deaths. Though her land was thought to be useless, oil was discovered in its depths in 1914, when she was just 10 years old.
Olaudah Equiano, a former slave turned abolishenist of the 18th Century, whose autobiography and association with William Wilberforce were both turning points in the UK's anti-slavery movement. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images
Ira Frederick Aldridge was the first African American actor to achieve success on the international stage, performing before Kings and Queens all over Europe, becoming known as the preeminent Shakespearean actor and tragedian of the 19th Century - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/aldridge-ira-1807-1867#sthash.PEoNuLXR.dpuf