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Matthew Henson Artic Explorer(1866-1955)

By OV Staff Matthew Henson     Notorious for discovering the North Pole, Matthew Henson was the first African-American Arctic Explorer. Born on August 8, 1866, in Charles County, Maryland,

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Who Invented the Lawnmower?

John Burr was a prominent 19th-century African American inventor. He is best-known for his invention of the modern rotary lawnmower. Not much is known about Burr’s life, but he was

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Mary McLeod Bethune: American Educator and Civil Rights Leader (1875-1955)

By OV Staff Near penniless, but driven by a consuming desire to educate black youth, Mary McLeod Bethune founded what is now Bethune-Cookman University in 1904- an institution whoich continues

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Buffalo Soldiers: Corporal Isiah Mays

Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and recipient of America’s highest military decoration (1858-1925) A Buffalo Soldier in the Indian Wars, Corporal Isiah Mays was the first African-American to

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Harriet Tubman- Humanitarian, Abolitionist, and Spy (1820-1913)

OV Staff   Harriet Tubman was an African American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom an

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Frederick Douglass- Orator, Author, and Politician (1818 – 1895)

Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and stateman, Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, he was taught to read by the wife of a slave-owner. After escaping from

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Back Down Memory Lane: Jefferson Avenue

    Photos Courtesy of Willie J Lightfoot   By James Young I remember Jefferson Avenue from Plymouth Avenue to Main Street as this corridor of Black Pride which resonated

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Jane Bolin: First Black Female Judge in the United States

Image Courtesy of Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library Jane Bolin was the first black women graduate of Yale Law School and the first

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Booker T. Washington: Author, Educator, and Civil Rights Activist (1856-1915)

    Born into slavery and freed by the Civil War, Booker Taliaferro Washington was an educator, author, and prominent African American Civil Rights leader. In 1901, Washington was invited

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Elijah McCoy Inventor(1844-1929)

By OV Staff Elijah McCoy studied mechanical engineering in Scotland, then worked for the Michigan Central Railroad. He invented an automatic lubricating system for steam engines that enabled railroads to

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JOURNEY THROUGH AFRO-ROCHESTER:

By David A. Anderson, Ph.D It was a somewhat mild February day in 1960. Still, scarves were tucked inside the zipped up jackets of the 60 or so people walking

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African American Man

At OVTM, we frequently see interesting photos that give us a glimpse into the past. They tend to show us a piece of black history that is often not covered

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Vertner Woodson Tandy: First Black Registered Architect in New York State

Posted by Jae Jones – Vertner Woodson Tandy was an American architect. He was one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. He

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“The Negro Einstein”

  Not very much is known of his early childhood in New Orleans,but what is known are the achievements he would make in the later years to come. Born to Louis

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George Washington Carver

Scientist and Educator (1864-1943) George Washington Carver was a renowned educator and inventor who devoted his life to improving the lives of others. He taught: “When you do the common