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African American History Month

features more than 60 resources related to African American history. See photos and historic places from the civil rights movement. Learn about Frederick Douglass, the Harlem Renaissance, the 369th Infantry, Brown v. Board of Education, Martin Luther King, and Jackie Robinson. Find out about Oberlin, New Philadelphia, and more. (Department of Education)

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Interesting Fact:

Prior to the Civil War, African Americans were not recognized as citizens. Slaves were considered property, which could be bought, sold, or transferred. Even former slaves and Free Blacks did not automatically enjoy the protections guaranteed to U.S. citizens. In New England, slavery ended gradually after the American Revolution. In Connecticut, slavery came to a complete end in 1848, although the majority of African Americans in the state were free by 1800.
Detail of Lt. J.R. Reese and Bandmembers

Lt. J.R. Reese


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