1950's Black Hollywood Heartthrob, James Edwards (1918-70) The tall, handsome and athletic Edwards eventually ended up in New York, where he made his debut in 1945 in the play "Deep are the Roots," in which his character has an interracial love affair. He made his film debut in a small role in 1949's "The Set-Up" before "Home of the Brave."
Via Smithsonian Magazine · Read about the historic bell from the first black church in Williamsburg, VA, that POTUS Barack Obama and the Bonner family rang to help dedicate and open National Museum of African-American History & Culture. Historic Bell Helps Ring In New African American History Museum ... Why President Barack Obama won’t cut a ribbon when the new museum opens this Saturday: smithsonianmag.com 9/24/16
Eko & Iko were actually George Muse (1893-1971) & Willie Muse (1892-2001), 2 Albino Afr-American twin brothers from Roanoke, VA. The lore is they were kidnapped from their hometown as children, taken on the road by 1st Al G. Barnes Circus, then Ringling Brothers. Their hair worked into woolly dreadlocks, billed variously as the “White Ecuadorian Cannibals”, the “Sheep Headed Men”, the “Sheep Headed Cannibals”, then finally the handle that took: the “Ambassadors from Mars” or the “Men from…
Mary Smith Kelsey Peake (1823–1862) taught many former slaves underneath Emancipation Oak. Sept 1861, she started a school near Fort Monroe, within present grounds of Hampton Univ. Supported herself as a dressmaker, & secretly taught from her home, instructing African Americans of all ages. Founded the Daughters of Zion to provide aid to the poor & the sick. In 1851 she married Thomas Peake, a former slave. Today, the city of Hampton honors Peake with a school, a street, & a park.