Women in Black History

Afro American Encyclopaedia, 1896

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opens new windowAfro-American Encyclopaedia; Or, the Thoughts, Doings, and Sayings of the Race, Embracing Lectures, Biographical Sketches, Sermons, Poems, Names of Universities, Colleges, Seminaries, Newspapers, Books, and a History of the Denominations, Giving the Numerical Strength of Each. In Fact, it Teaches Every Subject of Interest to the Colored People, as Discussed by More Than One Hundred of Their Wisest and Best Men and Women.  Nashville, Tenn.: Haley & Florida, 1895.

In his Afro-American Encyclopaedia (1895), James T. Haley collected a vast assortment of historical and contemporary information pertaining to African Americans at the end of the 19th century. Haley compiled this book in order "to meet the wants of the Negro, who is desirous of knowing more of the history of his race, and the achievements of its great men and women."

W.E.B. Du Bois

Booker T. Washington

Internet Resources

The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History & Culture  https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/african/

The Online Reference Guide to African American History    opens new windowwww.blackpast.org

AAREG: African American REGistry    opens new windowhttps://aaregistry.org/search-the-registry/;    opens new windowhttps://aaregistry.org/about-us/

Black History Overview

John Hope Franklin

The Daniel A.P. Murray collection - Turn of the Century Literary Stars

opens new windowAmerican Negro Exhibit at 1900 Paris Exposition    opens new windowPortrait of WEB Du Bois

Daniel A.P. Murray was asked by the Librarian of Congress, Herbert Putnam, to collect a copy of every writing authored  by a Negro author, and at his passing in 1925 the collection which provided a snapshot into the lives of African Americans at the turn of the last century, went to the Library of Congress.  Part of his collection was displayed as part of an award winning exhibition at the 1900 Paris Exposition. The exhibition was organized by black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois and included works of art, drawings of patented inventions, portraits of Congressional Medal of Honor winners, and photographs of places and lives of black Americans.1  Dr. Du Bois, who studied at Harvard University and University of Berlin, was the first black American to receive a PhD. from Harvard, founded the Niagara Movement and founded the NAACP.2