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Paul Cuffe (1759-1817) was the richest African American in the United States during the early 1800’s. At the age of 19, he sued the Massachusetts courts for the right to vote stating that taxation without representation should be illegal. He built on his own farm, New Bedford’s only school for the children of “free Negroes” and personally sponsored their teachers.

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Black Business History: An Entrepreneurial Time Line -Whether freed or enslaved, blacks in American history showed an entrepreneurial spirit. Take a look at the businessmen and businesswomen who paved the way for today's African-American billionaire entrepreneurs, CEOs and corporate executives.

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Famed attorney Louis A. Bedford Jr. died Thursday after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 88. In 1966, Bedford became the first black to serve on Dallas’ municipal court. His death was announced by the Dallas Bar Association. In 1968, Bedford was the fourth black attorney to join the association. At that time minority lawyers experience racism in the criminal justice system.

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Richard Stoddert Ewell (February 8, 1817 – January 25, 1872) was a career United States Army officer and a Confederate general during the American Civil War. He achieved fame as a senior commander under Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and fought effectively through much of the war, but his legacy has been clouded by controversies over his actions at the Battle of Gettysburg and at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

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Court records show Station Nightclub was caught up in contentious divorce, co-owner's precarious financial state - News - southcoasttoday.com - New Bedford, MA

Robert Kosilek Robert Kosilek, now known as Michelle, in a January 1993 file photo taken in Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., where Kosilek was on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife. Kosilek was convicted of the murder. He now charges that the state is not allowing him to keep up with his court-approved sex-change treatment in prison.

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After 20 Years, Transgender Inmate Is A Step Closer To Surgery

State Officials have spent well over $100,000 in legal fees opposing a surgery that would cost only $10,000. Hmmm... Michelle Kosilek in a New Bedford, Mass., court in 1993. When Kosilek was known as Robert, he was convicted of the 1990 murder of his wife.