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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 ...


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 ...