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Sixth Grade African Americn children, Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1917. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were. Follow Us On Twitter @blackhistoryalb

Sixth Grade African Americn children, Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1917. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were. Follow Us On Twitter @blackhistoryalb

"In a South Carolina prison more than sixty-six years ago, guards walked a 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5' 1" and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg.  The switch was pulled and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die.

"In a South Carolina prison more than sixty-six years ago, guards walked a 14-year-old boy, bible tucked under his arm, to the electric chair. At 5' 1" and 95 pounds, the straps didn’t fit, and an electrode was too big for his leg. The switch was pulled and the adult sized death mask fell from George Stinney’s face. Tears streamed from his eyes. Witnesses recoiled in horror as they watched the youngest person executed in the United States in the past century die.

May 22, 1959: Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African-American general-major in the United States Air Force.

May 22, 1959: Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African-American general-major in the United States Air Force.

Full length portrait, young African American girl standing by a tassled chair, holding doll and handle of baby doll carriage, ca. 1870. Randolph L. Simpson African-American collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Vintage African American photography ♥

Full length portrait, young African American girl standing by a tassled chair, holding doll and handle of baby doll carriage, ca. 1870. Randolph L. Simpson African-American collection. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Vintage African American photography ♥

First Black Catholic Bishop Rev. Joseph O. Bowers - Jet Magazine, May 7, 1953 by vieilles_annonces, via Flickr

First Black Catholic Bishop Rev. Joseph O. Bowers - Jet Magazine, May 7, 1953 by vieilles_annonces, via Flickr

“Closeup of Mrs. Ruth Cruse outside her home in White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy in Doniphan County in the extreme Northeast corner of the state. She is a descendant of slaves from Missouri who were freed and settled in the area. Her grandmother's wedding dress is in the White Cloud Museum. The town was named for the last great chief of the Iowa Indian tribe, which was given land in the area by treaty in 1836.” Patricia D. Duncan, September 1974.

“Closeup of Mrs. Ruth Cruse outside her home in White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy in Doniphan County in the extreme Northeast corner of the state. She is a descendant of slaves from Missouri who were freed and settled in the area. Her grandmother's wedding dress is in the White Cloud Museum. The town was named for the last great chief of the Iowa Indian tribe, which was given land in the area by treaty in 1836.” Patricia D. Duncan, September 1974.

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