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crypt at the African Burial Ground
African Burial Ground, New York, New York
From the 1690s until the 1790s, both free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6 acre burial ground in Lower Manhattan, outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, later known as New York. Lost to history due to landfill and development, the grounds were rediscovered in 1991 as a consequence of the planned construction of a federal office building. more...
Picture of school at center of Brown v. Board of Education trial
 
Monroe School, Topeka, Kansas
The story of Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage. When the people agreed to be plaintiffs in the case, they never knew they would change history. The people who make up this story were ordinary people. They were teachers, secretaries, welders, ministers and students who simply wanted to be treated equally. more...
Image of George Washington Carver as a child
 
George Washington Carver Birthplace, Diamond, Missouri
The young boy known as the "Plant Doctor," tended his secret garden while observing the day to day operations of a successful 19th century farm. Nature and nurture ultimately influenced George on his journey to becoming a renowned scientist of agriculture. more...
Image of downtown St.Louis and Dred Scott
 
Old Courthouse, St. Louis, Missouri
One of the most important cases ever tried in the United States was heard in St. Louis' Old Courthouse. The Supreme Court decided the case in 1857, and hastened the start of the Civil War. When the first case began in 1847, Dred Scott was about 50 years old. He was born in Virginia around 1799, and was the property, as his parents had been, of the Peter Blow family. more...
Image of Mary McLeod Bethune with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
 
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, Washington D.C.
Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest national and international recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse at 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW, that is now this Historic Site. It was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was her last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the Council spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women and the Black community. more...

 

 

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African American civil war soldiers
As part of a major Civil War assault against Richmond's defenses, 14 African American soldiers received the Medal of Honor for heroic conduct at the battle of New Market Heights, September 29, 1864.