On This Day in Black History: November 29
1735
Francis Barber was born a slave on a plantation in Jamaica.
1758
John Wesley baptized the first two known black converts to the Methodist movement.
1780
Lemuel Haynes, clergyman and first black minister to serve a white congregation, was licensed to preach in the Congregational Church.
1781
The Zong Massacre occurred. On the slave ship Zong, Captain Collingwood dumped 133 sick slaves overboard in order to collect insurance, as provided by a law in effect which stated that "The insurer takes upon him the risk of the loss, capture, and death of slaves, or any other unavoidable accident to them, but natural death is always understood to be excepted, by natural death is meant, not only when it happens by disease or sickness, but also when the captive destroys himself through despair, which often happens, but when slaves are killed, or thrown into the sea in order to quell an insurrection on their part, then the insurers must answer."
1919
Flamboyant congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. was born.
1919
Trinidadian-born dancer, choreographer, anthropologist, and teacher Pearl Primus was born.
1922
Howard Carter opened the tomb of Tutankhamen to the public.
1961
Freedom Riders were attacked by a white mob at a bus station in McComb, Mississippi.
1965
A military coup led by Colonel Christophe Soglo occurred in Benin.
1986
1995
Desmond Tutu was appointed chairperson of the 17-member Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Today's Featured Page
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Adam Clayton Powell Jr., born November 29, 1908 in Connecticut and educated in New York, became one of the "new breed" of religious leaders—a fighting radical identifying himself with the "marching blacks". More...


Previously Featured Pages
Nehanda
Nehanda's dying words, "My bones will rise again," predicted the Second Chimurenga, which culminated in the independence of present-day Zimbabwe. More...

Granvillle T. Woods
During his lifetime, Granville T. Woods held over thirty-five patents. More than a dozen of these patents were inventions for electric railways but most of them were focused on electrical control and distribution. More...

The Emancipation Act
On August 1, 1834, the Emancipation Act came into force, after fifty years of bitter debate in Britain over the morality and profitability of slavery. It did not abolish servitude, but it was the first significant promise of freedom. More...

Dr. Charles Drew
In 1940, Charles Drew earned his Doctor of Medical Science Degree, and his dissertation was on the concept of "banked blood"—storing blood as plasma to increase storage life. More...

Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman became the first black woman ever to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot's license. More...

Onesimus
Onesimus' recollection of a traditional African medical practice saved numerous lives and sparked the introduction of smallpox inoculation in the United States. More...


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