Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, with his wife and First Lady Varina Howell, who many believe was African American. This photo was taken on the couple’s wedding day in 1845.

Was the First Lady of the Confederacy Black?

February 11, 2018 Staff 0
By Frederick H. Lowe Jefferson Davis, president of Confederate States of America, was married during the Civil War to Varina Howell Davis, a mulatto or black woman. Several historians who have studied her and her […]
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Tearing Down the House That Ebony Built

November 20, 2017 Staff 0
By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader The bright test kitchen on the fourth floor where actress Diahann Carroll helped herself to a tasty batch of fried chicken was a big hit back in the day. So […]

Look for Sojourner Truth in the Friendly Skies

August 21, 2017 Staff 0
Abolitionist Sojourner Truth served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, guiding, cajoling and even threatening runaway slaves to continue their long walks to freedom, often at night, before the Civil War. Hundreds of years […]
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