AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY

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NEGRO  SEA – ROVERS IN IRELAND

  • In 1631, Ali Krussa, Negro Sea – rover, attacked Baltimore Castle, Ireland, and carried off Mary Daughter of Sir Fineen O’Driscoll. Ali Krussa had been captures as a child by her father. When Ali’s uncle, Nudda, had raided the Irish Coast. Ali had grown up with the family; He loved Mary and she had refused him. African Sea-rovers used to raid the British Isles for Loot and slaves until the 18th Century.
  • Pierre Cazenave, a Negro undertaker of New Orleans in the 1870s originated a method of embalming so perfect that it was believed he had discovered the secret of the Ancient Egyptians. Cazenave, had a mummy of his own preservation in his shop window. He died without revealing his secret.
  •  Mifflin W. Gibbs, a Negro who began as a shoe-shiner in San Francisco, rose to a City Judge and a United States Consul. Gibbs, after owning the first shoe store in San Francisco, went to Victoria B.C. where he studied law. Returing to Little Rock, he practised law and was later elected City Judge there in 1873. Later President Hayes appointed him registrar of U.S. Lands in the Eastern District of Arkansas. In 1897 he went as U.S. Consul to Madagascar, East Africa. Where he served 4 years.
  •  Alain Leroy Locke, won international distinction by winning the Rodes Scholarship from Pennsylvaina in 190, established by Cecil Rhodes of South Africa. After a brilliant four years course at Oxford University, England, he studied philosophy at the University of Berlin and took his PH.D., at Harvard. Dr. Locke who is the author of several books (Books: The New Negro: An Interpretation),
  •      has done eminent work in the advancement of Art, Literature, and other cultural recognition of the Negro. On March 19, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed: “We’re going to let our children know that the only philosophers that lived were not Plato and Aristotle, but W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke came through the universe.” We lost Dr. Locke, June `1954.
  • William Alexander Leidsdorff, a Negro, owned the first Steamship ever to enter San Francisco Bay. This was in Nov. 1847. The ship was called the “SITKA”. Leidsdorff , who was one of the richest men in San Francisco, was a native of the Virgin Islands and was the son of a Dane and A colored Woman.
  • William Hall, a Negrro born at Avonport, Nova Scotia was awarded the Vicoiria Cross, the highest and most coveted decoration in the British Empire. Hall, who was Captain of the foretop of H.M.S.  Shannion was part of the Naval Brigade that went to the relief of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny, on Nov. 10, 1857. Hall and a white Lieutenant alone manned a twenty-four pounder against the Shah Nujiff Fort under a heavy fire there by saving the lives of thousands of white people.
  • THOMAS ALARCON, left handed Negro violinist, was one of Cuba’s leading  omposers and orchestra conductors in the late 1800’s.
  • 500 Negro miners were brought from HAITI and 200 White ones from FRANCE to work the famous lead mines of MISSOURI in 1723.
  • JOHN THOMAS a Negro barber, was one of the richest citizens of Nashville, Tenn, in 1800. General Andrew Jackson was one of the guests at the marriage of THOMAS’ daughter.
  • ELIZABETH TAYLOR GREENFIELD, “The black Swan” was one of the world’s most amazing songsters. In 1809, miss Greenfiels while singing on a lake boat captivated a society woman who placed her on the concert stage. After sensational triumphs in America she went to England in 1854 where the highest nobility, including three Duchesses, became her patrons. Queen Victoria praised her highly. Miss Greenfield’s voice was three octaves and a fourth. She could sing Soprano, Tenor, and Bass Equally well and was a skilled Harpist and guitarist of her own instruction.
  • MIFFILN W. GIBBS, a Negro who began as a shoe-shiner in San Francisco, rose to be a city Judge and a United States Consul. GIBBS, after owning the first shoe store in San Francisco, went to Victoria B.C. where he studied law. Returning to Little Rock, he practiced law and was later elected City Judge there in 1873.
  • PIERRE CAZENAVE, a Negro undertaker of New Orleans in the 70’s, originated a method of embalming so perfect that it was believed he had discovered the secret of the Ancient Egyptians.He died without revealing his secrets.
  • WILLIAM ALEXANDER LEIDSDORFF, a Negro, owned the first steamship ever to enter San Francisco Bay. This was in November 1847. The ship was called the “SITKA.” LEIDSDORFF, who was one of the richest men in San Francisco, was a native of the Virgin Islands and was the son of a Dane and a colored Woman.