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Real-Life Django, Bass Reeves: The legendary African-American Wild West marshal who arrested 3,000 outlaws and killed 14 men Bass Reeves was born a slave in 1838 and later broke from his owner to live among Native Americans Reeves became a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1875 at the age of 38 During his 32-year career as a Deputy Marshal he arrested 3,000 felons, killed 14 men and was never shot

The real-life Django. Bass Reeves, born a slave in broke from his owner to live among Native Americans Became a Deputy U. Marshal in 1875 at the age of During his career he arrested felons, killed 14 men, was never shot.

Unknown Beauty | The Black Victorians | 1896 Black History Album, The Way We Were

:::::::::: Antique Photograph :::::::::: Beautiful portrait of African American young woman. 1890 (now the basis for the main character of my story).

Rosa Parks being booked for staying in her seat on the bus.

Rosa Parks,Honoured only years later. Was a civil rights activist who refused to give her seat away to a white passenger on a 'coloured' section of the bus. Her act and the Montgomery bus boycott are important events to the civil rights movement.

David "Davy" Crockett (1853?-1876) - A gunman and outlaw, Crockett was the nephew of the more famous Davy Crockett of Alamo fame. A native of Tennessee, he made his way to Texas where he soon wound up in prison. However, he escaped in 1872 and made his way to the Cimarron, New Mexico area where he worked on a ranch. There, he endeared himself to the likes of Clay Allison, as both men were from Tennessee and shared a dislike of the black troopers stationed at Fort Union.

DAVY CROCKETT (American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician, referred to as the "King of the Wild Frontier", died at the Battle of the Alamo)

African-American inventor Elijah the Real McCoy was born in Canada on May 2, 1844, the son of escaped slaves.  During his life time McCoy received 57 patents for devices which improved versions of his automatic lubrication process. The high quality of McCoy's inventions gained such notoriety that the phrase "the Real McCoy" was coined to distinguish his inventions from cheap imitations.

Elijah McCoy, an African-American man, invented a device to keep train wheels oiled while the train was running. Others tried similar devices, but his was the best – and that’s the origination of the phrase The Real McCoy

Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary or Canary)

Martha Jane Canary, better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman, and professional scout best known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok, but also for having gained fame fighting Indians.

Sojourner Truth  Photo of a painting of Lincoln showing Truth a bible presented to him by Colored People of Baltimore, in executive mansion, Washington D.C. Oct. 29, 1864.  Born into slavery, sometime around 1797, as Isabella Baumfree, she was next to the youngest of maybe twelve children. Her parents were James and Betsy, the property of Col. Johannes, from Holland, and living in Ulster County, New York.  As a teen she was sold to John J. Dumont, who was not a kind slave owner. Belle was…

Lincoln and Sojourner Truth read in a photo of Franklin C. Courter’s “Lincoln Showing Sojourner Truth the Bible Presented Him by the Colored People of Baltimore.” Only black and white images of the painting remain, the original was destroyed in a fire.

Rare Wyatt Earp Lawman Sheriff Tombstone AZ O.K. Corral Historic Photos [20492]

Rare Wyatt Earp Lawman Sheriff Tombstone AZ O.K. Corral Historic Photos [20492]