Tag: African Americans
Two Years a Slave in the Santa Clara Valley: Sampson Gleaves and Plim Jackson
Notes on Manumission Papers in the History San Jose Research Library & Archives Roxanne L. Nilan, History San Jose November 8, 2016 In early October 1852, James Washington Finley arrived in the Santa Clara Valley with his wife and seven children following an arduous overland journey from Missouri. With them traveled two men, perhaps unwillingly,…
Tuskegee Airman Samuel L. Washington
In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because of societal ignorance and prejudice. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying for the U.S. military. Civil rights organizations and the Black…
It’s March 14, pi day…what’s the story behind this “pie?”
In late 2006, History San Jose organized the exhibit “Speed City : From Civil Rights to Black Power,” an in-depth examination of American sport in an era that spanned the aftermath of World War II through America’s tumultuous involvement in Vietnam. The exhibition focused on San Jose State College’s athletic program, from which many coaches…
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