Business

This category includes blacks in finance, engineers, journalist, architects, inventors or own companies; work in corporate settlings and more.

The Grand Fountain United Order of True Reformers begins


True Reformers Bank

*On this date in 1881 we mark the founding of The Grand Fountain United Order of True Reformers (GFUOTR). This was a Fraternal Organization of African Americans based in Richmond, Virginia during Reconstruction.

Kenneth Chenault born


Kenneth I. Chenault

*Kenneth Chenault was born on this date in 1951. He is an African American lawyer and businessman.

Baby Buggy Patented

On this date in 1899, an African American patented the Baby Buggy.

That day William H. Richardson walked to a Baltimore patent office that changed the baby carriages. It was his idea to use a special joint to allow a bassinet to be turned to face the operator. He created the first reversible baby carriage. Several changes were made that allowed his carriage for the wheel to turn individually, which meant that the vehicle could turn 360 degrees in a smaller turning radius.

A Car's best friend, Ed Welburn Jr.


edward Welburn Jr.

*Edward Welburn Jr. was born on this date in 1950. He is an African American automobile designer.

Lawrence 'Bubba' Brown born


Lawrence "Bubba" Brown

*Bubba Brown was born on this date in 1919. He was an African American accountant and community activist.

Lawrence A. (Bubba) Brown was from Minneapolis. He parents were John and Harriet Brown. He had one brother Harold and his family grew up on North side of town and he and his brother graduate of North High School. In his youth he spent considerable time at the Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House, which he credited with much of his later success and perspectives on life. He attended Mankato State College on a football scholarship and the University of Minnesota.

Bernard Shaw born


Bernad Shaw

*Bernard Shaw was born this date in 1940. He is an African American television journalist.

NYC Radio voice, Frankie Crocker


Frankie Crocker

*Frankie Crocker was born on this date in 1940. He was an African American radio personality, entertainer, administrator, and producer.

Chicago's Radio voice, Jack Cooper


Jack L. Cooper

*Jack Cooper was born on this date in1888. He was an African American ventriloquist, vaudeville performer, and radio announcer.

Andrew Hilyer born


Andrew Hilyer

*The birth of Andrew Hilyer in 1858 is marked on this date. He was a Black businessman, inventor, lawyer and activist. Andrew F. Hilyer was born a slave in Georgia, and grew up in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Pullman, Illinois, part of the great migration for African America

*The industrial town of Pullman, Illinois had its beginning on this date in 1880. Pullman was an urban town within the city of Chicago where African American Pullman Porters lived.