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Blake Wintory

photographer, politician, sheriff, assayer, barber, and lawyer, was born a slave in Carroll County, Kentucky. William Hines Furbush became a member of the Arkansas General Assembly as well as the first sheriff of Lee County, Arkansas. His Arkansas political career began in the Republican Party at the close of Reconstruction and ended in the Democratic Party just as political disfranchisement began.

Little is known about Furbush's early life, though his literacy suggests a formal childhood education. Around 1860 he operated a photography studio in Delaware, Ohio. In March 1862 he traveled to Union-controlled Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas, on Kate Adams and continued to work as a photographer. In Franklin County, Ohio, that December he married Susan Dickey. A few years later, in February 1865 he joined the Forty second Colored Infantry at Columbus Ohio He received an honorable discharge at the ...

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Charles Rosenberg

was born in Washington, the seat of Beaufort County, North Carolina, the daughter of Jessie Ruth Little and Willis Williams. She pronounced her name jo-ANN. Little is described in different articles as one of four or five children born to the couple, but also as responsible for the care of seven siblings (McNeil, p. 259), and in a 1976 autobiographical interview she claims to have had two brothers and six sisters, and was the oldest child in the family. When Little was a young child (some sources say as young as eighteen months), her parents separated, and when she was six, her mother married Arthur Williams (no relation to Willis).

Little recounted that she had never accepted her mother s marriage and would have preferred to go live with her natural father who had moved to New York City The stepfather in turn complained about Little s lack of respect ...

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Robert A. Pratt

a housewife, whose marriage in 1958 to Richard Loving sparked one of the nation's most important civil rights cases, was born Mildred Delores Jeter, of African American and Native American ancestry. Loving was one of five children born to Theoliver Jeter, a sharecropper, and Musiel Byrd, a homemaker. She also had four half brothers. She graduated from Union High School in Bowling Green, Virginia in 1957. In 1958 she married her childhood sweetheart who was white Both Jeter and Loving were born in Caroline County Virginia an area with a well known history of black white interracial sexual liaisons As was the local custom however and true for most of the South these unions occurred under cover of darkness and without legal sanction Many states had laws prohibiting interracial marriages some with restrictions dating back to the nineteenth century While enforcement of these laws ...

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Charles Rosenberg

executed by the state of Mississippi in a high profile rape case in which he was convicted three times by all-white juries, drawing national and international attention and considerable doubt as to his guilt, was born in Pachuta, Clarke County, Mississippi, the son of Jasper and Bessie Chapell McGee. His father was a native of Pachuta, and married Miss Chapell in Autauga County, Alabama, where she was born and grew up. McGee had a younger brother, Jasper, Jr., born two years later.

At some point before 1930 the family moved down Highway 59 to Laurel in nearby Jones County in southeast Mississippi Jones and Jasper counties were hotbeds of armed resistance to Confederate authority during the later years of the Civil War where deserters actively cooperated with runaway slaves and seized control of the Jones County seat Ellisville Jones County had the state s smallest enslaved population only 12 ...

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Charles Rosenberg

subject of three unfounded felony prosecutions, one cited by the United States Supreme Court in its landmark ruling Miranda v. Arizona (1966), as “the most conspicuous example” of police extracting a confession from an innocent suspect, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of George Whitmore Sr., and Birdene Lillian Dantzler Whitmore. His parents were both born in South Carolina, and had moved to Philadelphia before receiving their Social Security numbers (that is, prior to 1951). Whitmore’s maternal grandparents were Hampton and Daisy Whaley Dantzler. His father was most likely a World War II veteran born in Clinton, Laurens County, South Carolina, who before and after military service lived in Philadelphia.

The Whitmore family settled in Wildwood, New Jersey around 1955. Whitmore dropped out of school in 1962 after finishing the eighth grade and was later remembered by local police as a nice kid who ...

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Maurice Possley

was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the eldest of six children of Ruby Edwards Mable, a barmaid, and Leroy Woodfox, owner of a dry cleaning business. Woodfox grew up in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. He was arrested at fifteen for charging drivers to park their cars and dropped out of school while in the tenth grade. He then went to jail again at age seventeen after he was caught in a stolen car. At age twenty he was convicted of robbing a bar. After he was sentenced to fifty years in prison, he escaped from the courthouse and went to New York City in 1969 where he met members of the Black Panther Party for the first time After only a few days he went to pick up winnings from a bookmaker was beaten and subsequently arrested by the police While in The Tombs the Manhattan detention ...