Tag Archives: New York

The First African American Medical Doctor

Dr. James McCune Smith was a great American who overcame tremendous obstacles to become a first in black history.  He was born a slave in 1813. He received his freedom as a result of the Emancipation Act of the State of … Continue reading

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Am I Related To Heroic, Runaway Slave, William Simms?

Twenty year-old William Simms was being held captive against his will. Although he had never committed a crime or been in a military setting, he was being forced to do hard labor with six other captives. The people holding them … Continue reading

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