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Black History Month

Black History: 5 Surprising Facts

Posted February 29, 2012 by Kelly Virella

This month, we’ve done a lot of research and writing about black history, encountering many surprises.

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Black History Month

Freed From Slavery, But Prohibited From Celebrating, New Yorkers Rebelled

Posted February 27, 2012 by Kelly Virella

One of the first tests of emancipation in NYC came when local whites tried to control black celebrations.

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Black History Month

Sally’s Plan — How One Slave Mother’s Genius Helped Free All Her Children

Posted February 26, 2012 by Kelly Virella

With three children, a Tennessee slave named Sally was aiming to do the implausible — liberate them all from slavery — and she succeeded.

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Black History Month

Keepers of the Dream: Portraits of Free Black Northerners, 1787-1865

Posted February 1, 2012 by Kelly Virella

Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman were only three of thousands of phenomenal 19th century northern blacks. Each day of Black History Month, meet another.

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