Jan Ernst Matzeliger

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Jan Ernst Matzeliger was born in Dutch Guiana, the son of a Black woman and a Dutch engineer.  He began working in his father's machine shop at the age of 10.  Later, he sailed...

Madame C.J. Walker

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FIRST WOMAN MILLIONAIRE OF ANY RACE ON RECORD IN THE UNITED STATES Madame C.J. Walker aka - Sarah Breedlove Walker B. 12/23/1867 D. 5/25/1919 Born to slaves on a Delta , Louisiana cotton plantation, Madame...

John G. Higgins, Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

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John G. Higgins' entrepreneurial spirit was something to behold. He was an African American barber who lived in Chattanooga in the late 1800's and early 1900's and had a string of barber shops --...