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Biography

An African American Venturer

  • Economics
  • Family
  • Immigration & Migration
  • Land
  • Slavery & Abolition, 1800-1860
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“Free” Frank McWorter

Bust of "Free" Frank McWorter

Bust of "Free" Frank McWorter

Founding New Philadelphia

Map Showing New Philadelphia, 1872

Map Showing New Philadelphia, 1872

A Lasting Legacy

Receipt for Purchase of Charlotte Cowen, Granddaughter of Free Frank, ca. 1857

Receipt for Purchase of Charlotte Cowen, Granddaughter of Free Frank, ca. 1857

Photograph of Louis Manigault, Jr. in a field
Present to Past

Land as Legacy

African Americans who inherited land from their ancestors are fighting to keep their land and family legacies.

  • Economics
Historic map of Philadelphia
Biography

Crossing the Color Line to Freedom

William and Ellen Craft devised an ingenious plan to escape slavery that took them across race, gender, and class lines.

  • Immigration & Migration
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Biography

George Henry White

George Henry White was the last African American Congressman of the 1800s. Learn about his life before and after Congress and his commitment to justice.

  • Economics