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St. Joseph, Missouri news on March 31, 1917 on page 2

St. Joseph, Missouri news on March 31, 1917 on page 2

Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery.  They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith.  Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing.  They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'.  In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm.  Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later.  They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.

Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery. They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith. Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'. In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm. Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later. They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.

ca. 1860’s - not often you see someone this old in photos of this period. Those hands tell a story by themselves.

ca. 1860’s - not often you see someone this old in photos of this period. Those hands tell a story by themselves.

Susie King Taylor: first African American army nurse; the  only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences; also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.

17 Unsung Heroes Of Black History

Susie King Taylor: first African American army nurse; the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences; also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.

On this day, May 23rd, in the year 1900, William Carney became the first Black man to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was honored for his heroism at the Assault on Fort Wagner.

On this day, May 23rd, in the year 1900, William Carney became the first Black man to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was honored for his heroism at the Assault on Fort Wagner.

St. Joseph, Missouri News: Editor of the Sun o April 25, 1914 on page 8

St. Joseph, Missouri News: Editor of the Sun o April 25, 1914 on page 8

St Joseph, MO news ~ June 12, 1915 on page 8 ~ New Hope Baptist Church

St Joseph, MO news ~ June 12, 1915 on page 8 ~ New Hope Baptist Church

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