Category: History News

History News: The Denmark Vesey Plot by Kangkang Kovacs

Denmark Vesey was born, raised, and enslaved in St. Thomas (Danish West Indies). As a boy, he was purchased and sold several times before ending up in Charleston, South Carolina, the domestic property of a captain named Joseph Vesey. At age thirty-two, he won a lottery and bought his freedom for six-hundred dollars. Afterward, he …

Archive Spotlight: Somebody Had to Do It by Mateo Mérida

One of the prominent movements of the Civil Rights Era saw African Americans pursuing the highest quality education possible. Under Jim Crow laws, segregated education relegated the best education resources to white students, leaving young Black students with some of the poorest quality education in the country. In the 2009 collection Somebody Had to Do …

Archive Spotlight: Commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. by Mateo Mérida

In the United States, the third Monday of January is intended to be a day of remembrance, of reflection, and of activism, as it is recognized as Martin Luther King Day, a federally recognized holiday. As such, it is also a day that has been taken for granted by many who see it as little …

Archive Spotlight: Book Lover’s Club by Kangkang Kovacs

This is the thirty-first annual program for the Book Lover’s Club, printed in 1938. On it listed the name of the President at the time, Mrs. Edna J. Robinson along with several prominent members including Susan Butler and Lois Simms. The Book Lover’s Club of Charleston was founded in 1927 by African American women as …

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