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African American Surnames

African-American Faces Of The Civil War

George William Commodore was born free and raised in Baltimore. At about age 39, he joined the Navy. "He must have taken some ribbing," Coddington writes in his book, "his surname being the same as a high naval rank."

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Biography of Social Reformer Frederick Douglass

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a list of early Moorish Family Clan Names from Medieval Times traceable to present day. Therefore, many Black people in the west, through slavery, who were given European surnames, are in-fact Moorish/African names from antiquities. The name Schwarzenegger is Moorish, from ancient black clans who lived in Germany. Life is circle, and every human is just a part of the whole race, despite what some profess.

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Neneh Cherry (born Neneh Mariann Karlsson), Swedish singer-songwriter, rapper, later experimental jazz singer, and occasional DJ. She took her surname from her stepfather, African American jazz trumpetist Don Cherry, who helped raise her as a baby. Her hit, Buffalo Stance, was an international blockbuster, reaching #1 on the US Dance chart. Her other hit, 7 Seconds, a duet with Youssou N'Dour, won her an MTV Europe Music Award.

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First wife of Frederick Douglass.Douglass met and fell in love with Anna Murray, a free black woman in Baltimore about five years older than he was. Her free status strengthened his belief in the possibility of gaining his own freedom. She died in 1839.

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Robert Tanner Freeman is the first professionally trained black dentist in the United States. A child of slaves, he eventually entered Harvard University and graduated only four years after the end of the Civil War on May 18, 1869.

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