Events in the American Black experience that include people, places, items, and timelines.

Virginia votes for official apology for Slavery

*On this date in 2007, the Virginia General Assembly voted unanimously to express "profound regret" for the state's role in slavery.

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Lockard v. Evans filed in Tulsa, OK

Petition (copy)

*On this date in 1921, Lockard v. Evans, et al., was filed in Tulsa County District Court, Oklahoma. This was legal action from a group of African American’s against the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma to rebuild their neighborhoods destroyed by the Tulsa Race Riots earlier that summer.

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Africville, Nova Scotia declared historic landmark

*On this date from 2002, the Registry celebrates Africville, Nova Scotia.

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Voting Riot in Indianapolis, Indiana

The Wide Awakes
(white paramilitary group)

*On this date in 1876, a race riot happened in Indianapolis, Indiana over voting rights.

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Pearl Harbor's African American heritage

African American Registry acknowledges the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with 10 short facts that occurred during or after the incident.

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Two stars say goodbye (McDaniels & Beavers)

This date in 1962, marks the twin deaths of two award winning African American actress’. Hatti McDaniel, 67, Gone With The Wind and Louise Beavers, 62 Beulah Beulah died.

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Cold Case, Izola Ware Curry

Izola Ware curry

*The birth of Izola Ware Curry in 1916 is celebrated ion this date. She is the African American woman domestic who tried to kill Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958.

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Barack Obama awarded Nobel Peace Prize

*On this date in 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama of the United States.

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First Registered Black Pilot in America

Cornelius Coffey

On this date in 1938, Cornelius Coffey became the first African American registered pilot.

Coffey obtained his commercial license (#36609) so that he could teach both at Curtiss-Wright and then at his own school in Chicago.

Reference: Giacinta Bradley Koontz, aviation historian, magazine columnist and author. DOM

Photo Courtesy of Robbins History Museum

To become a Pilot

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Emacipation Proclimation (copy) Sold

*On this date in 2012, a rare original copy of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation sold at a New York auction for more than $2 million.

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