"We were stolen, sold and bought together from the African continent. We got on the slave ships together. We lay back to belly in the holds of the slave ships in each others excrement and urine together, sometimes died together, and our lifeless bodies thrown overboard together. Today, we are standing up together, with faith and even some joy." SLAVERY MONUMENT, River St - Savannah GA
Page 2 of complaint against Segregated South Carolina Schools, 1950 (page 2 of 4). The complaint against segregated schools in Clarendon County, South Carolina, charges that denying admittance to African American students on the basis of race violates their guarantee of equal protection under the 14th Amendment. National Archives, via Flickr
In 1841, 4 black men—M Henderson, A Warrick, J Seward, and C Brown were put on trial; convicted and sentenced to death. They were hanged on July 9, 1841. Tickets for a steamboat excursion to watch the executions on Duncan’s Island, sold for $1.50 to about 20,000 people, or 75 percent of St. Louis’s population at the time. *With rising tension of race/ slavery it ended with the severed heads of the four hung in the front window of Corse’s Drug Store to deter Black resistance.
An American Hero you may not remember: "My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear? -- Paul Robeson (1898-1976) during his testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, June 12, 1956