Return Today in the History of America's Diversity Heritage Return

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1812 Henry Wilson (New Hampshire-born African-American Abolitionist) New Hampshire Political and Social Leaders U.S. Grant Abolition African-American Registry
1852 William Saunders Scarborough (Georgia-born African-American President of Wilberforce College) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Wilberforce University African-American Registry
1904 James Baskett (Indiana-born African-American Actor: Uncle Remus) Indiana Performing Artists Actors Walt Disney African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1957 LeVar Burton (African-American Actor: Host of Reading Rainbow) Actors Reading Rainbow African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
Ice-T (New Jersey-born African-American Rap Musician, Actor) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors Television African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1801 The African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church Is Officially Chartered as a Protestant Denomination Religion African-American Heritage African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Concordia
1826 Louisiana's General Assembly Passes Resolution Opposing the Gradual Emancipation of Slaves Louisiana Slavery Louisiana Secretary of State
1897 P. Walker Receives Patent 577,153 for a Cotton Machine for Cleaning Seed Farming & Agriculture Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights African-American Scientists & Inventors St. Louis Public Library
1917 West Virginia's Colored Tuberculosis Sanitarium Is Established at Denmar in Pocahontas County Pocahontas County, West Virginia Tuberculosis Racism African-American Heritage WEst Virginia Archives
1943 American Mildred Harnack Is Guillotined in Germany on Orders from Adolph Hitler for Assisting German Jews and Political Dissidents Nazi Germany Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Judaism Holocaust Capital Punishment World War II Wisconsin Historical Society
1949 Private Felix Longoria Is Buried in Arlington National Cemetery After Denied Burial in Three Rivers, Texas Three Rivers, Texas World War II Racism Hispanic Military Figures Texas State Historical Association
1970 Joe Frazier KOs Jimmy Ellis for World Heavyweight Boxing Championship International Boxing Hall of Fame Noted African American Sports Figures Britannica
1978 Statue Honoring Reconstruction-Era African-American Legislators Unveiled at Georgia's State Capitol Georgia's Political and Social Leaders Art Reconstruction African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia

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