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Harriet Ann Jacobs (February 1813 – March was an American writer, who escaped from slavery and became an abolitionist speaker and reformer.

Hector Pieterson, who was born in 1964, was one of the first schoolchildren to be shot on 16 June 1976; he was just 13 years old. The iconic picture, taken by Sam Nzima, of a dying Hector being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo with his sister, Antoinette Sithole, running alongside, has become a symbol of the times.

Hector Pieterson, who was born in was one of the first schoolchildren to be shot on 16 June 1976 in the Soweto riots; he was just 13 years old.

African-American inventor Elijah the Real McCoy was born in Canada on May 2, 1844, the son of escaped slaves.  During his life time McCoy received 57 patents for devices which improved versions of his automatic lubrication process. The high quality of McCoy's inventions gained such notoriety that the phrase "the Real McCoy" was coined to distinguish his inventions from cheap imitations.

Elijah McCoy, an African-American man, invented a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running. Others tried similar devices, but his was the best – and that’s the origination of the phrase The Real McCoy

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Princess Angela of Liechtenstein is the first and only black princess in reigning European monarchy. They’re so precious, I think this should have got much more media attention, the first royal interracial marriage is something that should have been celebrated!

Princess Angela wearing the Kinsky Tiara at her wedding to Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein. Princess Angela was born Angela Gisela Brown, the daughter of Javier Francisco Brown and Silvia Maritza Burke. She is of Afro-Panamanian descent.

How Did This Former Slave Become The Wealthiest Black Woman In Los Angeles? – Financial Juneteenth

Bridget "Biddy" Mason (August 1818 in Hancock County, Georgia – January 1891 in Los Angeles, California) was an African American nurse, and a California real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civic activist and author. She was best known as the personal modiste and confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln, the First Lady. Keckley had moved to Washington in 1860 after buying her freedom. She created an independent business in the capital based on clients who were the wives of the government elite. Among them were Varina Davis, wife of Jefferson Davis; and Mary Anna Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee.

Wonderful photo of Madam Elizabeth Keckley, former slave, dressmaker/designer and faithful friend to Mary Todd Lincoln. In her later years, she taught home economics at Wilberforce University in Ohio. Such a beautiful lady.

Martha Ann Ricks was a slave in America until her father purchased her freedom and took the family to Liberia. Martha Ann dreamed of meeting Queen Victoria and saved for 50 years to make the dream come true.

The Power of Dreams-Martha Ann Ricks-From Slavery to Windsor Castle

MARTHA ANN RICKS, was born a Slave, in TN, about At she and her family returned to live in Liberia. At age she sailed to England and was presented at court on July presenting a quilt to Queen Victoria. Proof that anything is possible if you work hard!