Jan Ernst Matzeliger

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

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

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 --...
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