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Claude Johnson

was born George Daniel Crowe in Whiteland, Indiana, the fifth child of Morten and Tom Ann Crow. He was the fifth of ten children—eight boys and two girls. Crowe’s father, Morten, was a lifelong farm laborer for hire. His mother, Tom Ann, was a homemaker. Both parents were from Adair County, Kentucky. A left-hander who stood six feet four inches tall with a brawny build and exceptional athletic ability, Crowe earned the nickname “Big George.”

He attended Franklin High School in Franklin, Indiana, where in 1938 as a junior he became the school’s first ever African American varsity basketball player. In 1939 he led the Grizzly Cubs to the final game of the Indiana State High School Athletic Association Basketball Championship and was named to the All State team as a center In addition as the leading vote getter for Indiana s newly instituted high school basketball All Star ...


Jeremy Rich

basketball player, was born on 16 April 1985 in the multiethnic city of Wau, South Sudan (then part of Sudan). He was the son of Martha Deng and her husband, Aldo Deng, an official in the Sudanese government who had served as Minister of Transportation and deputy prime minister, the family belonged to the same Dinka ethnic community as fashion model Alek Wek. When the second Sudanese civil war commenced in 1983, the Sudanese government had Deng's father arrested. Deng secretly escaped with family members from South Sudan to Egypt in 1990 For the next five years Deng lived with eight other relatives mostly siblings in a tiny apartment in Alexandria Egypt He later recalled We shared everything My life sounds tough but thanks to them it was very easy They did all the work The nine of us lived in a two bedroom apartment Some of ...


John B. Holway

Negro League baseball player, was born in Winchester, Virginia, the son of French Poles, a laborer, and Matilda (maiden name unknown). “I played baseball since I was six years old, using a broomstick and a tennis ball,” Poles once reminisced. At age fifteen he was playing for the Hello Bill boys' club, graduating to the Springdale Athletic Club. In 1906 he joined the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Colored Giants. “I looked like my name,” he said, “a bean pole.”

He joined the illustrious New York Lincoln Giants as an outfielder in 1909. With the Hall of Fame shortstop John Henry Lloyd, the pitchers Joe Williams and Dick Redding, the catcher Louis Santop, and Poles, the team was one of the best in black baseball history. They claimed a record of 105 wins and only seventeen losses in 1909 Although most of their opponents were semiprofessional teams ...