Vashon, Susan: A teacher for her Community

Susan Vashon   Susan Paul Vashon was born in Boston, 1838. She graduated as the only coloured girl in her class  and valedictorian Her mother had died when she was young, and she was brought up by her grandmother. When she became a mother she directed her children with personal guidance and wise caution. Reading…

Unthank: A Physician

Dr. Thoman Unthank An African American Physician Convention Hall, a hospital in Kansess, was split into sections, with one section being for minorities. Unthank did some work there, treating he’s community. He then went on a crusade to have a hospital for minorities, which many of the white Physicians and city leaders did not pay…

Tull, Walter: British Footballer

Walter Tull     An English professional footballer who played as an inside forward for Tottenham Hotspur (1909–1911) and Northampton Town (1911–1914). He was the second person of Afro-Caribbean/mixed heritage to play in the top division of the Football League. He fought several battles in WWI and he was killed in action during the Spring Offensives* in France,  aged 29. [Image taken from…

Seacole, Mary: Helper during the Crimean war

Mary Seacole 1805-1881 Seacole was born Mary Grant in 1805, in Jamaica. She is of Scottish and Creole descent (mixed-race). Growing up, Seacole learned of herbal medicine in the Caribbean. She visited Britain at age 15, and since then she occasionally visited the Island, going backwards and forward between Britain and the Caribbean. She married…

Prince, Mary: Author and Slavery Survivor

Mary Prince   Born around the year 1788 into slavery in Bermuda In December 1826, Prince married Daniel James, a former slave who had bought his freedom by saving money from his work. In 1828, Prince had gone to London with her master and his family from Antigua. Anti-slavery laws were in place in Britain, making Prince a…