Historic Events by Name

  • Thu, 1823-04-17

    On this date in 1823, Mifflin Gibbs was born. He was a Black entrepreneur, lawyer, and abolitionist.

    From Philadelphia, Mifflin Wister...

  • Sat, 1824-04-17

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

    The first Blacks that arrived to Costa Rica came with the Spanish conquistadors....

  • Mon, 1843-04-17

    Theophilus Steward was born on this date in 1843. He was a Black clergyman, teacher, and author. Theophilus Gould Steward was born in Gouldtown...

  • Fri, 1863-04-17

    On this date in 1863, a black woman was forcibly removed from a horse-drawn streetcar in San Francisco.

    Charlotte L. Brown, the daughter...

  • Thu, 1890-04-17

    The founding of Harris-Stowe State College (HSSC) in 1890 is celebrated on this date. It is one of over 100 historical Black Colleges and...

  • Mon, 1911-04-17

    Isaiah Newman was born on this date in 1911. He was an African-American clergyman, civil rights leader.

    Born in Darlington County SC....

  • Wed, 1912-04-17

    Jo Ann Gibson Robinson was born on this date in 1912. She was a civil rights activist and educator.

    From near Culloden, Georgia, she was...

  • Thu, 1980-04-17

    Independence for Zimbabwe came on this date in 1980. Prime Minister Robert Mugabe consolidated his power in 1982 and dismissed Joshua Nkomo from...

  • Wed, 2013-04-17

    On this date from 600 A.D. The Registry celebrates the Shona people of Africa. Located in Zimbabwe and southern Mozambique, their tribal language...