*This date is dedicated to African-American Dance. Africans brought their dances to North and South America, and the Caribbean Islands as slave...
Category: Theatre/the Arts
On this date, the Registry examines African American art—-painting, carving, graphic arts, and crafts created by people of African descent in the...
*The birth of Scipio Moorhead around 1750 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black portrait engraver.
Moorhead was a slave of the...
The birth of Richard Potter in 1783 is celebrated on this date. He was a magician, one of the first Black illusionist in America.
*John Audubon was born on this date in 1785. He was a Black French American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He painted, cataloged, and...
This date commemorates the birth of Ira Frederick Aldridge in 1807. He was a Black actor, considered one of the greatest interpreters of his day...
*Thomas Dartmouth Rice was born on this date in1808. He was a White entertainer and playwright who popularized the Jim Crow character in...
*The origin of the African Grove Theater in 1821 is celebrated on this date.
Based in Manhattan, in its seven years of existence the...
The birth of Robert S. Duncanson in 1821 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black artist.
From Seneca, New York, his parents were...
This date celebrates the birth of Edward Bannister, a Black artist born in 1826.
Edward Mitchell Bannister was the first of two sons born...
The birth of Edmund Dédé in 1829 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American violinist and composer.
The son of free Black...
On this date, we recall the birth of Adah Menkens in 1835. She was a Black actress and poet of international renown in the mid-19th century....
Harriet Powers was born on this date in 1837. She was a Black artist who worked in textile needlework.
Born a slave in Athens, GA, she...
*On this date in 1841, Grafton Tyler Brown was born. He was an African American lithographer and painter.
Born of free ancestry in...
Edmonia Lewis was born on this date in the mid-nineteenth century, a pioneering Black artist believed to be the first woman sculptor of African...
*Ella Sheppard was born on this date in 1851. She was a Black musician, vocalist, and educator.
From Nashville, Tennessee her father,...
Georgia Gordon Taylor’s birth in 1855 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American vocalist.
From Nashville, Tennessee, she...
Henry Ossawa Tanner was born on this date in 1859. He was a Black painter known for his paintings of everyday African-American life and for his...
On this date we recall the birth of William Edmondson in 1863. He was a black sculptor and the first Black artist to achieve a one-man exhibition...
On this date in 1864, Flora Batson was born. She was an African American concert singer.
From Washington D.C., Batson’s youth was...
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