James Zwerg, the only white male student among a group of Freedom Riders, knelt to pray as he realized he was about to be attacked at the Montgomery bus station. The 21-year-old ministerial student suffered a severe concussion, cracked vertabrae, numerous cuts and bruises, and he lost several teeth in the attack, May 20, 1961 Photo credit: Montgomery Advertiser / AP
Elizabeth Van Lew was a Union spy during the American Civil War. She was an antislavery Virginia woman who not only freed her slaves, but bought and freed their families. Using her household staff as couriers, she sent messages to the Union in hollowed-out shoes and eggs and later, books and a personally designed cipher. She faked a mental disorder to throw off suspicion and was called “Crazy Bet” by her neighbors. Her network resulted in some of the best Union information gathered anywhere.
Minnie Freeman ~ teacher in 1888 who roped her students together and led them through a total white-out blizzard from the schoolhouse whose roof had collapsed to a farmhouse three-quarters of a mile away...
Newly Integrated Friends (1954) This photo was taken less than four months after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Public schools in Baltimore opened with black and white students in the same classrooms. Charles Thompson, the only black pupil at Public School No. 27, is greeted by his new classmates