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

High School holds their first integrated prom

Youth enjoying a Masquerade Theme

*On this date in 2013, Georgia’s Wilcox County High School held their first integrated prom, open to students of all races.

This was almost 60 years after the Supreme Court ruled that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal” and as a result, the practice of segregation by a public school was unconstitutional. Never-the-less until 2013, Wilcox County High School held two proms: one for White students and one for Black students. It left many with questions about the legality of the segregation.

George Washington House opens

*On this date in 2010, the George Washington House in Philadelphia opened to the public. This was the historic home of America’s first president and slave owner.

Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial

*On this date in 1939, Marian Anderson sang before a (then) record crowd and radio audience on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Florida apologizes for Slavery

Hill and Pruitt embrace

*On this date in 2008, more than 140 years after a former Florida governor described Africans as "a wild barbarian to be tamed and civilized," the Legislature apologized for the state's role in sanctioning slavery.

Costa Rica abolishes Slavery

*On this date in 1824, Costa Rica abolished slavery.

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.

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.

Africville, Nova Scotia declared historic landmark

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

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.

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.