On this date in 1868, the Opelousas massacre occurred. That city in Louisiana was the site where local Blacks lost their lives by violent whites...
On this date in 1868, a Black senator was assassinated in South Carolina.
B.F. Randolph, a member of the South Carolina State...
On this date in 1868, the first Black man was elected to the U.S. Congress
John Willis Menard defeated a White candidate, 5,107 to 2,833...
*On this date in 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified. This guaranteed African-American men the right to...
On this date in 1872, Charlotte E. Ray became the first Black woman admitted to practice before the district Supreme Court (Washington D.C.)....
On this date in 1873, Puerto Rico abolished slavery.
Leaders of the Puerto Rican abolitionist movement, including José Jull6n Acosta,...
*On this date in 1873, the Colfax Massacre happened. Also called the Colfax Riot, the violence erupted in Grant Parish Courthouse in Colfax,...
*On this date in 1874, White Democrats seized the Louisiana statehouse in a takeover. This White resistance and occupation has been called the...
*On this date in 1874, the Order of the Eastern Star was created. This is the oldest sorority-based Black women’s organization in America....
On this date in 1875, the first Kentucky Derby was run with a Black man as the winning jockey.
He (Oliver Lewis) rode three-year-old...
*On this date in 1875, White Democrats attacked Republicans at Yazoo City, Mississippi. The riot happened because of the pressure on White...
*On this date in 1875, The Mississippi Plan went into effect. Their state government was trying to prevent Black political participation using...
On this date in 1875, Ethiopia won the Battle of Gundet over Egypt. This conflict was carefully observed in Black America due to a growing black...
*On this date in 1876, a race riot happened in Indianapolis, Indiana over voting rights.
Long after the 15th Amendment to the...
*On this date in 1876, the Hamburg, Massacre occurred. This was a race riot between community's Black militia and Whites from the surrounding...
On this date in 1877, the Registry celebrates the town of Nicodemus, Kansas, a brief haven for many Blacks from the old confederacy long before...
Jim Crow Laws are featured on this date. These were any of the laws that enforced racial segregation in the American South between the end of the...
On this date in 1879 the Zulu-British War began.
The Zulu kingdom, centered on the southeast coast of southern Africa between the...
*On this date in 1879, an exodus from slavery after reconstruction began in earnest. More than 900 Black families from Mississippi reached St....
This date's Registry looks at the origins of the Chanteys in 1882. A Chantey is a style of choral singing associated with black slave labor in...
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