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The king of ragtime was a Charm City native, born on Forrest Street in 1887. His compositions include such classics as "Love Will Find a Way" and "I'm Just Wild About Harry."

Quintessential Old Baltimore

The king of ragtime was a Charm City native, born on Forrest Street in 1887. His compositions include such classics as "Love Will Find a Way" and "I'm Just Wild About Harry."

Doctor Ben Carson Heart Surgeon- the man who invented everything, can do everything, and all of it... better than you, without even trying.. MY IDOL

Doctor Ben Carson Heart Surgeon- the man who invented everything, can do everything, and all of it... better than you, without even trying.. MY IDOL

Black History Month is here!! (Congress, Mexican, accuse, regular) - Politics and Other Controversies -Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians,...

Black History Month is here!! (Congress, Mexican, accuse, regular) - Politics and Other Controversies -Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians,...

Betsey Stockton (c. 1798–1865) was an African American educator and missionary born into slavery in Princeton, NJ. She gained her freedom at 20 and travelled to Hawaii, Canada and Philadelphia teaching and serving as a nurse. She moved back to Princeton in 1835 and spent the rest of her life enriching the lives of the members of the local African American community. There is a window memorialized to her in the Witherspoon Street Church, Princeton, NJ.

Betsey Stockton (c. 1798–1865) was an African American educator and missionary born into slavery in Princeton, NJ. She gained her freedom at 20 and travelled to Hawaii, Canada and Philadelphia teaching and serving as a nurse. She moved back to Princeton in 1835 and spent the rest of her life enriching the lives of the members of the local African American community. There is a window memorialized to her in the Witherspoon Street Church, Princeton, NJ.

"Cudjoe" is believed to be the last slave born in Africa and brought to the United States by the transatlantic slave trade. Before he died, he gave several interviews on his experiences, including one to the writer Zora Neale Hurston. During that interview in 1928, Hurston made a short film of Cudjoe, the only moving image that exists in the Western hemisphere of an African transported through the transatlantic slave trade.

"Cudjoe" is believed to be the last slave born in Africa and brought to the United States by the transatlantic slave trade. Before he died, he gave several interviews on his experiences, including one to the writer Zora Neale Hurston. During that interview in 1928, Hurston made a short film of Cudjoe, the only moving image that exists in the Western hemisphere of an African transported through the transatlantic slave trade.

Stagecoach Mary    Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary, was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, driving her mail route by stagecoach from Cascade, Montana to St. Peter's Mission, Montana. When hired, she became the second American woman in all to work for the United States Postal Service.    Born a slave circa 1832 in Hickman County, Tennessee. She was freed when American slavery was outlawed in 1865.

Stagecoach Mary Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary, was the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, driving her mail route by stagecoach from Cascade, Montana to St. Peter's Mission, Montana. When hired, she became the second American woman in all to work for the United States Postal Service. Born a slave circa 1832 in Hickman County, Tennessee. She was freed when American slavery was outlawed in 1865.

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.

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.

A part of Baltimore for generations, these traveling fruit-and-vegetable vendors and their horses have been threatened with extinction repeatedly, but still they soldier on.

Quintessential Old Baltimore

A part of Baltimore for generations, these traveling fruit-and-vegetable vendors and their horses have been threatened with extinction repeatedly, but still they soldier on.

Gullah/Geechee Civil Rights Leader Septima P. Clark, founder of the "Citizenship Schools" on historic Johns Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Gullah/Geechee Civil Rights Leader Septima P. Clark, founder of the "Citizenship Schools" on historic Johns Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

Black History in the African Diaspora: Black History Month Not Just for African Americans - The Root

Black History in the African Diaspora: Black History Month Not Just for African Americans - The Root

Lenora Branch Fulani the first African American to achieve ballot access in all fifty states receiving more votes for President in a U.S. general election than any other woman in history.

Lenora Branch Fulani the first African American to achieve ballot access in all fifty states receiving more votes for President in a U.S. general election than any other woman in history.

The bandleader who added "hi-de-ho" to the world's music vocabulary and made a cultural icon out of "Minnie the Moocher" moved to Baltimore in 1918, when he was 10. Check out the 1980 movie "The Blues Brothers" -- that's Calloway playing Curtis, the janitor, alongside John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Quintessential Old Baltimore

The bandleader who added "hi-de-ho" to the world's music vocabulary and made a cultural icon out of "Minnie the Moocher" moved to Baltimore in 1918, when he was 10. Check out the 1980 movie "The Blues Brothers" -- that's Calloway playing Curtis, the janitor, alongside John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Today in Black History, 4/21/2014 - James Carroll Napier and other Black members of the Nashville business community founded the Nashville One-Cent Savings Bank (now Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Company), the nation’s first bank owned and operated by African Americans. For more info, check out today's blog!

Today in Black History, 4/21/2014 - James Carroll Napier and other Black members of the Nashville business community founded the Nashville One-Cent Savings Bank (now Citizens Savings Bank & Trust Company), the nation’s first bank owned and operated by African Americans. For more info, check out today's blog!

COL. CHARLES YOUNG ~ The first African American to attain the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.    1. Colonel Charles Yong graduated from his high school in Ripley, Ohio at the top of his class at the young age of 16. After graduation, Charles became a teacher and went and taught at an all-black high school also located in Ripley. Later in his life he returned to his educator roots and taught Latin, Greek, French, Spanish and German as well as Military Science at Wilberforce University in Ohio.

8 Facts About Colonel Charles Young

COL. CHARLES YOUNG ~ The first African American to attain the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 1. Colonel Charles Yong graduated from his high school in Ripley, Ohio at the top of his class at the young age of 16. After graduation, Charles became a teacher and went and taught at an all-black high school also located in Ripley. Later in his life he returned to his educator roots and taught Latin, Greek, French, Spanish and German as well as Military Science at Wilberforce University in Ohio.