Today in Black History – February 13

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Henry Highland Garnet, activist, Presbyterian minister, diplomat, abolitionist, died in Monrovia Liberia, on this date in 1882.  In 1843, Garnet called for a slave revolt and general slave strike at the National Black Convention in Buffalo, NY.

Andrew “Rube” Foster organized the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (Negro League), the first Black baseball league, on this date in 1920.

The Renaissance, the first Black professional basketball team, was organized on this date in 1923.

Joeph L. Searles, III began training as a floor partner with Neuberger, Loeb and Co. on this date in 1970.  Searles was the first Black person on the New York Stock Exchange.

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2 Responses to “Today in Black History – February 13”


  1. 1 lwc February 14, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    These are an interesting sample of people you’ve chosen, unc. They are people we don’t usually hear about.

    Henry Highland Garnet must have been an unusually brave man.

    According to Wikipedia, when he gave a sermon in support of the Thirteenth Amendment, Reverend Garnet may have been the only black person, before the Civil War, to speak to Congress on any subject. The most well-known black orator we usually hear about is Frederick Douglass. May they both rest-in-peace.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Highland_Garnet
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass

  2. 2 unclerave February 15, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    I just wish I had started this at the first of the month, and posted more consistently, lwc. I like revealing what is hidden history to a lot of us! — YUR


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