# African american
Olivewood Cemetery - Forgotten Cemetery - First Slave burial ground in Houston, Texas
In 1875, the land, which had previously been used for slave burials, was purchased by Richard Brock, Houston's first black alderman. It opened as a cemetery for black Methodists in 1877. When Olivewood was platted, it was the first African-Americans burial ground within the Houston city limits. Many 19th century influential African-Americans were buried in the cemetery, including Reverend Elias Dibble, first minister of Trinity United Methodist Church; Reverend Wade H. Logan, also a minister of the church; and James Kyle, a blacksmith; as well as Richard Brock. The cemetery includes more than 700 family plots around a graceful, elliptical drive that originated at an ornate entry gate. It contains graves of both the well-to-do and those who died in poverty; therefore, the grave markers run the gamut from elaborate Victorian monuments to simple, handmade headstones. Burials at Olivewood Cemetery continued through the 1960s.
Q&A With Maryland Author and Business Woman Sheila Brown
Author Sheila Brown, JD With Her Book The Divine SelfQare StrategyBookBuzz. (This post includes affiliate links if you purchase anything through these affiliated links, the author may earn a commission. )
Rev. Richard Keaton Lives on in SENC Churches
Earnestine Keaton and Cecile Bryant at the grave of their great-great-grandfather, Rev. Richard Keaton.Claudia Stack. Kneeling by his gravestone at the cemetery of Canetuck Missionary Baptist Church in western Pender County, NC, Earnestine Keaton shared her research about her great-great-grandfather, Rev. Richard Keaton. A preacher to enslaved people, in 1865 Rev. Keaton also established some of the first literacy efforts for African Americans in the Middle Cape Fear region of North Carolina. He evangelized tirelessly in Columbus and surrounding counties, and founded the first Missionary Baptist churches in the region.
When New York’s Central Park Represented a Free Black America: The History of Seneca Village
The Manhattan landmark was one of the first U.S. settlements composed of primarily African-American property owners. Seneca Village Interpretive SignCentral Park Conservancy (public domain)
Thomas Morris Chester was a famous 19th-century African-American journalist during the Civil War
Thomas Morris Chester (b. May 11, 1834, d. Sept. 30, 1892).Source. Thomas Morris Chester was a notable American war correspondent, lawyer, and soldier who participated in the American Civil War and was born to abolitionists, George and Jane Marie Chester.
Chicago Black Restaurant Week Returns this Year During Black History Month from February 6th - 20th
Come out and enjoy the fare at Chicago area restaurants and bars showcasing special dishes for Black Restaurant Week, held as part of Black History Month. This year is the seventh annual Black Restaurant Week, one of the most popular events that occurs during Black History Month in Chicago. It's founder, Lauran Smith, started the celebration to recognize black owned food and beverage establishments and increase their visibility. This came about as she realized there were so many such businesses in Chicago that were relatively unknown outside the neighborhoods where they were located. Since that time Chicago Black Restaurant Week has had over 10k supporters and the annual celebration has been featured on numerous local and national media platforms.
The West Southern Pines Rosenwald School: Cornerstone of the Community
The Vass Rosenwald School (c.1924) was one of 16 Rosenwald schools built by African American communities in Moore County, NCNorth Carolina State Archives, Department of Public Instruction.
Opinion: A letter to Anthony Broadwater
As another black man that has been added onto a long list of the exonerated, I salute you. You stood on your innocence for sixteen years as an incarcerated man. For sixteen years, your family and friends were without your physical presence but knew that you were wrongly convicted and chose to fight with you. Once released you were a convict who was still an innocent man. I hope you are enjoying your newly found freedom in the world outside of the invisible walls of being a convicted felon. We all need to continue to reevaluate our justice system.