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Little known black history fact #21. Elbert Frank Cox became the first Black to hold a doctorate degree in mathematics. He achieved the degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 1925.

Elbert Frank Cox (December was an American mathematician who became the first black person in the world to receive a Ph. in mathematics.

Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles founded the first college for black women in the United States in 1881. The school was named Spelman College after Laura Celestia Spelman Rockefeller, the wife of John D. Rockefeller, who made a sizeable donation to the school.

Packard and Harriet E. Giles founded the college for Black women in the United States in The school was named Spelman College, after Laura Celestia Spelman Rockefeller, the wife of John D. Rockefeller, who made a sizeable donation to the school.

The Muse brothers had an incredible career. The story of the two black albino brothers from Roanoke, Virginia is unique even in the bizarre world of freaks and sideshow. They were initially exploited and then later hailed for their unintentional role in civil rights.  Born in the 1890’s the pair

The tale of George and Willie Muse, albino brothers living in the rural South during the late is stirring. According to accounts, the brothers were kidnapped as boys, sold off to a local carnival sideshow and paraded around the country.

Dr. Matilda Arabelle Evans was the first African American woman to become licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina.

Matilda Arabelle Evans was the first African American woman to become licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina

Little Known Black History Fact:  Tia Norfleet is the first and only black woman racecar driver to be licensed by NASCAR.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Tia Norfleet is the first and only black woman racecar driver to be licensed by NASCAR.she's got a lot of 'tude goin' on, too!

Of the 12.5 million Africans shipped to the New World during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, fewer than 388,000 arrived in the United States | 10 Little Known Black History Facts | PBS

Of the million Africans shipped to the New World during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, fewer than arrived in the United States. 10 Little Known Black History Facts via PBS.

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