On this day in Black history…
1. 1973 – Palmer Hayden, Harlem Renaissance artist, dies.
2. 1931 – Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford) was born on this day in Lorain, Ohio.
She won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved.
4. 1896 – H. Grenon patents razor stropping device
Grenon, H. Razor Stropping Device Feb. 18, 1896 Patent No. 554,867
5. 1894 – Paul Revere Williams, renowned architect, born
6. 1867 – Morehouse Predecessor Founded
An institution was founded at Augusta, Georgia which was later to become Morehouse College, following its relocation to Atlanta. Morehouse College is one of the most prestigious black colleges in the nation.
7. 1865 – Rebels abandoned Charleston
Rebels abandoned Charleston. First Union troops to enter the city included Twenty-first U.S.C.T., followed by two companies of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteers.
8. 1688 – First Formal Protest Against Slavery
First formal protest against slavery by organized white body in English America made by Germantown (Pa.) Quakers at monthly meeting. The historic “Germantown Protest” denounced slavery and the slave trade.
9. 0 – National Independence Day in Gambia