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5-Minute Quests

1. What is the name of the former slave who was elected to the Texas State Senate on this date in 1874? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

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

3. According to the Salisbury Post, how old was Gloria Jean Pinkney when her mother died? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of an African-American performing artist born on this date:

1. Which state declared martial law on this date in 1869 due to a crisis with the Ku Klux Klan? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Library of Congress, on what kind of ships did Crispus Attucks apparently work as a sailor for 20 years? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Famous Texans, in what town was Scott Joplin probably born? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of piano rag by Scott Joplin (according to Famous Texans):

(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the National Women's Hall of Fame, what disease did Wilma Rudolph contract as a child?

2. According to the Library of Congress, what was the name of the school that Mary McLeod Bethune opened in Daytona Beach, Florida?

3. According to the Internet African American History Challenge, in what year did Frederick Douglass escape to freedom?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a movie in which Sidney Poitier appeared (according to the History Channel):
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Separation Bar
Gloria & Jerry Pinkney
Gloria Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney

Crispus Attucks
Crispus Attucks

Martyr of the Boston Massacre

Scott Joplin
Scott Joplin

Mary McLeod Bethune
Mary McLeod Bethune


Wilma Rudolph
Wilma Rudolph

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Detachment Orders from Clark: While the commanding office and Captain Clark are absent from camp, the party will be commanded by Serg. Ordway. The sawyers are still working to cut enough planks. The blacksmiths are still working also. The four men are still working to make sugar and will do so until told otherwise. The practicing party will continue to discharge only one round each per day, which will be done under the direction of Serg. Ordway. All practices will be at the same target, and at the same distance of fifty years off hand. During each practice, the
person who makes the best shot receives a gill of extra whiskey. Floyd will take charge of our quarters and store and be exempt from guard duty until our return.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Permited Collins to hunt this morning he returned in the evening unsucksessfull as to the chase, but brought with him Some Cramberries for the Sick.

Gibson is on the recovery fast; Bratten has an obstinate Cough and pain in his back and Still appears to be getting weaker. Willard has a high fever and complains of the pain in his head and want of appetite.

The forenoon we were visited by Tâh-cum a principal chief of the Chinnooks and 25 men of his nation. we had never Seen this Chief before

he is a good looking man of about 50 years of age reather larger in Statue than most of his nation; as he came on a friendly visit we gave himself and party something to eate and plyed them plenty fully with Smoke. we gave this chief a small Medal with which he Seamed much pleased.

in the evening at Sunset we desired them to depart as is our custom and Close our gates. we never Suffer parties of Such numbers to remain within the Fort all night; for not withstanding their apparent friendly disposition, their great averis and hope of plunder might induce them to be treacherous.

at all events we are determined always to be on our guard, as much as the nature of our Situation will permit us, and never place our selves at the mercy of any Savages. we well know, that the treachery of the Aborigenes of America and the too great confidence of our country men in their friendship and fadility has caused the distruction of maney hundreds of us. so long has our men been accustomed to a friendly intercourse with the nativs, that we find it dificult to impress on their minds the necessity of always being on their Guard with respect to them.

this confidence on our part we know to be the effect of a serious of a friendly and unintorupted intercourse. but the well Known treachery of the natives by no means entitle them to Such confidence, and we must check it's groth in our own minds as well as those of our men, by recollecting our selves, and repeating to our men, that our preservation depends on our never loseing Sight of this trate in their character, and being always prepared to meet it in whatever Shape it may present itself.—.

Ordway: the wind continued verry high from the S. W. we Set out eairly and proced. on along the coast faceing the wind the Sand cut our faces waided a creek rapid curret about noon we arived to the Salt works and bought a little Ecoley [whale meat] and oil &C from the natives. the waves roles verry high and white froth flying &C.

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1992 South African President F W de Klerk Announces March 17 Referendum to Test White Support for Reforms F W de Klerk Apartheid Voting South African History
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