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Frank R. Levstik

Thomas J. Ferguson was born on September 15, 1830, in Essex County, Virginia, the son of freeborn parents of mixed blood. Little is known of his early years, but it is recorded that by the 1850s he resided in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, Ferguson became an active member of the Masonic order, serving as junior warden of the Cincinnati lodge in 1859 and 1860. During 1859 he moved to Albany, in Athens County, Ohio, where he became a landowner and enrolled as a student at the integrated Albany Manual Labor University. Four years later, he was a leader in establishing the Albany Enterprise Academy in Ohio. Ferguson served on the first board of trustees of the school.

The Enterprise Academy opened its doors to students in 1864, following an appropriation from the Freedmen's Bureau and private gifts from individuals such as Union general Otis Oliver Howard ...


Linda Chavers

secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, women's and civil rights activist, and campaigner against misogynistic lyrics in rap music, was born Cynthia DeLores Nottage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the tenth of eleven children of the Reverend Whitfield Nottage, a minister, and Captilda Gardiner, a businesswoman. Because Tucker's father, an immigrant from the Bahamas, did not accept a salary from the churches that employed him, it was left to Tucker's mother, whom Tucker later described as a “Christian feminist,” to provide for the family (Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2005 She did so by starting an employment agency for Southern black migrants to Philadelphia running grocery stores and investing in real estate Tucker s socially conservative parents did not allow her or her siblings to listen to popular music go to dances or date before the age of twenty one Tucker spent much of her ...