Topics Related to African American History

On February 13, 1941, Piedmont Blues musician “Blind Boy Fuller” died in Durham.

On February 3, 1983, Henry Frye was sworn in as North Carolina’s first African-American Supreme Court Justice.

On February 14, 1943, saxophonist Maceo Parker was born in Kinston.

On December 31, 1900, renowned sculptor Selma Burke was born in Mooresville.

On December 27, 1857, Republican Congressman, educator, and conservative and diplomatic advocate for racial equality Henry Plummer Cheatham was born into slavery near Henderson.

On December 5, 1962, a U.S. district court dismissed a suit against two Greensboro hospitals challenging “separate but equal” treatment in private, non-profit hospitals. The case was ultimately overturned on appeal.

On December 6, 2010, officials of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, and others met to dedicate and unveil four plaques commemorating the extension of civic and voting rights.

On November 27, 1981, Mel Tomlinson made his debut as the only African American member of the New York City Ballet.