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Brian Neumann

was born into slavery in Charlottesville, Virginia. He worked as a farm laborer, and his owner may have moved or sold him to Buchanan, Virginia, sometime before the war. The tumult of the Civil War provided him with a chance to flee from Virginia and lay claim to freedom. In 1862, he later recalled, he “escaped from my master and followed the Union army.” In the process, he reported, he “became separated from my people.” He had reached Boston, Massachusetts by 1864, and enlisted as a private in the Union Army there on 16 March 1864.

A month later on 12 April Lee mustered into Company K of the 5th Massachusetts Colored Cavalry Regiment His service records describe him as five feet inches tall with black hair black eyes and a black complexion A man named Henry Lee who was also born near Charlottesville and who ...

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Amber Karlins

a group of nine boys and young men who were falsely accused and convicted of rape in 1931. Clarence was born in Warm Springs, Georgia. Dissatisfied with having to work in the cotton fields and unable to get along with his father, he left home at fifteen. After leaving home, Norris became what was known as a “Blackbird,” a term used to describe people who rode the rails and jumped on trains in large groups. As a Blackbird, he often slept in vacant boxcars. He picked up jobs here and there in the towns the trains passed through, but food was scarce, and he spent considerable time in jail for vagrancy.

On 25 March, 1931 Clarence was traveling through Alabama when a fight broke out Without warning several white travelers started throwing gravel at the African American riders and the boys and men fought back The white men ...

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Eunice Angelica Whitmal

daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and devoted Christian, was the primary subject of the famed African American photographer Gordon Parks Sr. In Parks's famous photograph American Gothic, a scathing reinterpretation of Grant Woods's classic painting of that name, Ella Watson, holding a mop and broom, stands in front of an American flag hanging on a wall in a government office. The photograph is a searing representation of the discrimination and segregation that many African Americans encountered regardless of their gender or class position.Behind Watson's famous image was a woman with a challenging, albeit obscure, life story. Parks recalled several details Watson shared with him during an informal interview:

She began to spill out her life s story It was a pitiful one She had struggled alone after her mother had died and her father had been killed by a lynch mob She had gone through high school married ...