Category: Business

  • Wed, 1856-04-23

    On this date in 1856, Granville T. Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio. He was an African American businessman and inventor.

    Woods began...

  • Fri, 1856-10-03

    *On this date in 1856, Timothy Fortune was born. He was a Black journalist and civil rights activist.

    He was born a slave in Marianna,...

  • Sat, 1858-06-26

    *Alonzo Herndon was born on this date in 1858. He was an African American businessman.

    Born in Walton, Georgia on a farm near Social...

  • Sat, 1858-08-14

    *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...

  • Wed, 1859-06-08

    On this date, we remember the birth in 1859 of Horace Cayton, an African American who had been a slave and became publisher of the Seattle...

  • Wed, 1859-07-13

    On this date, we celebrate the birth of William T. Shorey, an African American whaling captain and entrepreneur, in 1859.

    Born on the...

  • Wed, 1859-09-07

    *John Merrick was born on this date in 1859. He was an African American businessman and entrepreneur.

    He was from the town of Clinton...

  • Wed, 1862-04-30

    *This date celebrates the first Black newspaper in the South, L'Union in New Orleans in 1862.

    During these early days of journalism...

  • Sun, 1863-08-02

    *Joseph Bass was born on this date in 1863. He was an African American teacher, businessman and newspaper editor.

    From Jefferson City,...

  • Fri, 1864-01-15

    *Francis Johnston was born on this date in 1864. She was a White American photographer whose work included preserving early higher education of...

  • Thu, 1864-07-21

    This date celebrates the establishment in 1864 of America’s first daily Black newspaper.

    La Tribune de la Nouvelle Orle’ans, the New...

  • Mon, 1864-08-08

    *Wayne Cox was born on this date in 1864. He was a Black teacher, administrator, and businessman.

    Born on the Griffin Plantation about...

  • Tue, 1865-03-21

    *The birth of Anthony Overton on this date in 1865 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American lawyer and businessman.

    Born...

  • Mon, 1865-04-10

    *Jesse Binga was born on this date in 1865.  He was an African American businessman.

    He was born in Detroit the son a William W....

  • Tue, 1865-08-08

    *On this date in1885, William C. Carter patented an umbrella stand. Carter, an African American inventor’s file number is U.S. patent #323,397...

  • Mon, 1867-07-15

    On this date in 1867, Maggie Lena Walker was born. She was a noted African American businesswoman, civics leader, and the first Black female bank...

  • Mon, 1867-10-07

    The birth of Irving Garland Penn in 1867 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American educator and journalist.

    Born in New...

  • Mon, 1867-12-23

    Madame C. J. Walker was born on this date in 1867. She was an African American businesswoman and philanthropist generally acknowledged as one of...

  • Fri, 1869-02-05

    *The birth of Minnie Cox in 1869 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American teacher, and postal administrator.

    Minnie M....

  • Sat, 1869-04-03

    The birth of John Lay Thompson in 1869 is marked on this date. He was an African American businessman and lawyer.

    Thompson was a native...