On this date in 1854, the U.S. Congress passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act that allowed voting residents (meaning primarily white males) in the...
*On this date in 1854, Elizabeth Jennings was refused a seat on public Streetcar, setting off the first racial transportation lawsuit in America...
*On this date in 1856, we celebrate the Margaret Garner story. This account is one of the most notorious runaway slave cases in pre-Civil War...
*On this date in 1857, the United States Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott Case. It is believed by many to have been a key cause of the...
*On this date in 1859, "the weeping time" of slavery occurred in African American heritage. This was the largest sale of human beings in the...
On this date in 1859, abolitionist John Brown, who was white, and a group of his followers raided the Harpers Ferry Virginia arsenal.
On this date in 1859, two of the five Black abolitionist in the raid on Harpers Ferry, Shields Green and John Anthony Copeland, were hanged. The...
On this date in 1861, the Civil War began. This war is also referred to as "The War Between the States", "The War of Rebellion", or "The War for...
The American Civil War, waged from 1861 to 1865, is remembered on this date.
Before and during the Civil War, the North and South...
The first encounter of the Civil War happened on this date in 1861 at the Fairfax Court House in Arlington Mills, Virginia.
On this date in 1854, John C. Fremont, issued a proclamation freeing the slaves of Missouri rebels. Lincoln revoked his proclamation.
On this date in 1861, The Union Navy admitted Blacks for military service for the first time, almost a year before the army opened its ranks....
On this date in 1861, West Virginia began the Secessionist Convention that would result in its breaking away from the Confederate state of...
*On this date in 1862, Nathaniel Gordon was hanged for slave trading. He is the only person in American history executed for slave-trading....
On this date in 1862, the nations capitol ended slavery. President Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, an...
On this date in 1862, Black slaves commandeered the Confederate ship “the Planter.”
It had just gotten dark on that evening in 1862, and...
On this date in 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act.
This legislation gave authorized unrestricted settlement on public lands to...
*On This date in 1862 the first Watch Night Services were celebrated in Back communities in America.
The Watch Night service can be traced...
*This date celebrates the creation of the all-Black Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry in 1863.
Robert Gould Shaw, twenty-six year old...
On this date in 1863, a black woman was forcibly removed from a horse-drawn streetcar in San Francisco.
Charlotte L. Brown, the daughter...
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