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1. Paul Williams was born on this date in 1894. Was Mr. Williams an artist, an architect or a designer? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what year was Harriett Gibbs Marshall born on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Kennedy Center, Aretha Franklin is known around the world as the Queen of what? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work published by Harriett Gibbs Marshall (according to the African American Registry):

1. In what year was Toni Morrison the Nobel laureate for literature? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Afro-American Almanac, Bill Pickett is credited as the originator of which rodeo sport? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the White House, what position did Condoleezza Rice hold for six years while at Stanford University? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Toni Morrison (according to Luminarium):

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1. According to the Chemical Heritage Foundation, what was the name of the company founded by Henry Aaron Hill in 1952?

2. According to Black Collegian, what was Toni Morrison's given name at birth?

3. According to the African American Registry, from where had Audre Lorde's parents emigrated in order to settle in Harlem?

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a Top 5 hit by Aretha Franklin (according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame):
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a cloudy morning Some Snow, Several Indians here to day Mr. McKinsey [of the Northwest Trading Company] leave me, the after part of the day fine I am much engaged makeing a discriptive List of the Rivers from Information our Store of Meat is out to day

Ordway: clear and pleasant. Several of the hunters went out eairly a hunting. the remainder moved the camp about 5 mls. down the River to a bottom where Capt Clarks party had Some time before been a hunting, and had made a pen and put up 2 Elk and 11 deer which we found Safe as they left it. Several men out packing in the meat which was killed yesterday we fixed our camp at an old Indian cabbin near the meat pen. the hunters came in had killed one Elk & Seven deer we got the meat all packed in, Lewis concluded that we would Start for the Fort the next morning. we fleased the meat from the bones and eat the marrow out of them.

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Clark: This morning we dispatched a party to the Salt works with Sergt. Ordway. and a Second party with Sergt. Gass after the Eight Elk killed over the Netul.

in the evening Sergt. Ordway returned and reported that the waves ran So high in the Bay that he could not pass to the enterance of a Creek which we had directed him to assend with the Canoe. Collins & Windsir returned this evening with one Deer which they had Killed. the deer are pore and their flesh by no means a[s] good as that of the Elk which is also poore but appears to be getting better than Some weeks past.

in the forenoon we were visited by a Clatsop & Seven Chinnooks from whome I purchased a Sea otter's Skin and two hats made of way tape and Silk grass and white cedar bark. they remained untill late in the evening and departed for their village. those people are not readily obstructed by waves in their Canoes.

Since their departure we have discovered that they have Stole an ax.—

Whitehouse brought me a roab which he purchased of the Indians formed of three Skins of the Tiger Cat, this Cat differs from any which I have ever Seen. it is found on the borders of the plains and the woody Country lying along the Pacific Ocian. this animale is about the Size or reather larger than the wild Cat of our Countrey and is much the Same in form, agility and ferosity. the colour of the back, neck and Sides, is a redish brown irrigular varigated with Small Spots of dark brown the tail is about two inches long nearly white except the extremity which is black; it termonates abruptly as if it has been cut off. the belly is white with Small black spots. butifully varigated. the legs are of the Same Colour with the Sides and back marked with transvers stripes of black the ears are black on the outer Side Covered with fine black hair, Short except at the upper point which is furnished with a pencil of verry fine Streight black hair, ¾ of an inch in length, the fur of this animale is long and fine. much more So than the wild Cat of the U States but less so than the Louserva of the N West.

the nativs of this Country make great use of the skins of this Cat, to form the robes which they wear; three whole Skins is the complement usually employed, and Sometimes four in each roab. Those Cats are not marked alike maney of them have but fiew Spots of a darker Colour, particularly on the Back.

Whitehouse: This morning clear & pleasant weather, Six of our Men went from the fort with 2 Canoes to go round on the Sea coast to the Salt works. Ten Men of our party was sent at some time, in order to bring in the Elk meat, which was left by our hunters Yesterday. The party that were going to the Salt Camp on arriving at the bay, found the wind blowing so hard, that they had to return to the fort.—

We had several squalls of wind attended with rain in the course of this day.— About noon several Indians belonging to the Clatsop Nation came in Canoes to the Fort. They brought with them some Roots to trade with us,—, which we purchased of them. Towards evening these Indians left the Fort & embarked in their Canoes in order to return to their Village.— Two of our hunters also returned to the Fort, but had killed no Game of any kind. The Men remaining at the fort were employed as usual in dressing Skins &ca.—

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