As you know, this month we’re challenging ourselves to learn something new about our history every day of Black History Month, and we’re hoping to share our findings with you, the UPTOWN readers.
Today In Black History: Feb. 13th
- 1818: Rev. Absalom Jones, the first Black Episcopal priest ordained in the U.S., died in Philadelphia. He helped found the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1787. He founded a Black congregation in 1794 and was ordained in 1804.
- 1882: Rev. Henry Highland Garnet, the first Black speaker to address the House of Representatives, passed away in Monrovia, Liberia.
- 1893: The World’s Fair Colored Opera and Concert Company performed at Carnegie Hall in New York.
- 1905: After winning his second reelection, Pres. Teddy Roosevelt delivered a speech to the New York City Republican Club about the country’s race relations and his plans to improve racial equality.
- 1907: Editor Wendell P. Dabney founded The Union newspaper in Cincinnati. He used the paper to protest the treatment of Black community.
- 1970: Joseph L. Searles III became the first Black floor member and floor broker of the New York Stock Exchange.
- 1973: Inventors Gertrude E. Downing and William Desjardin patented the corner cleaner attachment.
Did we leave a notable person or event off this list? Well, each one teach one. Let us know in the comments.
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