Black Business History: An Entrepreneurial Time Line -Whether freed or enslaved, blacks in American history showed an entrepreneurial spirit. Take a look at the businessmen and businesswomen who paved the way for today's African-American billionaire entrepreneurs, CEOs and corporate executives.
Paul Cuffe (1759-1817) was the richest African American in the United States during the early 1800’s. At the age of 19, he sued the Massachusetts courts for the right to vote stating that taxation without representation should be illegal. He built on his own farm, New Bedford’s only school for the children of “free Negroes” and personally sponsored their teachers.
Richard Stoddert Ewell (February 8, 1817 – January 25, 1872) was a career United States Army officer and a Confederate general during the American Civil War. He achieved fame as a senior commander under Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and fought effectively through much of the war, but his legacy has been clouded by controversies over his actions at the Battle of Gettysburg and at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.
Famed attorney Louis A. Bedford Jr. died Thursday after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 88. In 1966, Bedford became the first black to serve on Dallas’ municipal court. His death was announced by the Dallas Bar Association. In 1968, Bedford was the fourth black attorney to join the association. At that time minority lawyers experience racism in the criminal justice system.
Whirlyball Cleveland<br /> <p>5055 Richmond Rd, Bedford Hts <p>Some time in the 1960s, some guy decided to combine his three favorite past times: basketball, bumper cars and lacrosse. He called it "whirlyball." Today, Cleveland gets to boast one of the half dozen whirlyball courts in the States. At Whirlyball Cleveland, guests can get a drink or four at the in-house bar before renting the court for hour-long sessions. When crashing into your half-drunk friends gets old, the site also offers…
The Court House is the oldest Westchester County Government Building and one of only three Court Houses in New York State built before 1800. It is Bedford's historic landmark of the days from 1788 to 1870 when Bedford was a county seat more populous than White Plains. The Court House was restored once in 1889 and again between 1965 and 1970 when its Court Room was returned to its original dignity. The Bedford Museum is housed on the second floor and its exhibits were refreshed in 2008. The…
FILE- In this Jan. 15, 1993 file photo, Robert Kosilek sits in Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife Cheryl Kosilek. Judge orders taxpayers to pay for her sex change operation while serving sentence in prison. WHA???