James Armistead, a spy in the Revolutionary War, participated in the operation that surrounded British army leader, Lord Cornwallis, and led to the British surrender on this date in 1781.
Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and Benjamin Rush organized the "African Church," a non-denominational church on this date in 1794.
Leroy "Satchel" Paige, the first Negro League player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, was born in Mobile, AL, on this date in 1906. Paige signed with the Cleveland Indians on this date in 1948 and two days later became the oldest rookie and the first black person to pitch in an American League baseball game.
Margaret Walker, poet and novelist, was born in Birmingham, AL, on this date in 1915. Her most noted works were, For my People and Jubilee.
Fern Logan, photographer best known for her "Artists Portrait Series" of black artists, was born in Jamaica, NY, on this date in 1945.
William Geary "Bunk" Johnson, pioneer jazz cornetist and trumpeter, died in New Iberia, LA, on this date in 1949.
Ntozake Shange's play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, opened in New York on this date in 1975.
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