Born into slavery near New Markey, Maryland on December 23, 1815, Henry Highland Garnet escaped from bondage via the Underground Railroad with his parents, George and Henrietta Trusty in 1824.After residing briefly in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the family settled in New York City, New York where George Trusty changed the family name to Garnet.
A[lrutheus] A[mbush] Taylor, historian, was born in Washington D. where he also went through the public school system. Supported by a grant from the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fund, Taylor began researching the role of African Americans in the South during Reconstruction. Blackwell also served in the United States Armed Forces during the Korean War, and received the National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Good Conduct Medal.
John Edgar Wideman was born in 1941 in Washington, D. but grew up in the predominantly black middle class community of Homewood near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
By the time Wideman was in high school, his family had moved to Shadyside, an upper middle class mostly white neighborhood where Wideman excelled as an athlete and scholar; he was a basketball player, class president, and valedictorian.
He later received a degree from Lincoln Institute at Jefferson City, Missouri, and three years later moved to Omaha.
When he arrived in Omaha in 1880, despite scarce resources, he was admitted to Omaha Medical College, where he worked as a janitor to pay his tuition.
Elected to the state legislature for the sessions of 18, he became the first Nebraskan of African descent to sit in that body. Congressman and labor official, was born in Whitset, Pennsylvania.
He was credited with the creation of the Negro Fire Department Company, and was also credited with securing appointments for blacks in government positions. degree from the University of Michigan in 1916 and taught at the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Tuskegee, Alabama and at the West Virginia Collegiate Institute (now West Virginia State College) in Institute, West Virginia. Woodson brought this able young historian back to Washington D. to serve as a research associate with the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). He attended West Philadelphia High School, but left before obtaining his diploma.
Alexander Crummell, “Eulogium on Henry Highland Garnet, D.
D.,” in Africa and America (Springfield, Ma.: Willey and Company, 1891); Martin B.