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History M131.Hopkins: Historical Figures

Selected List of Notable Historical Figures in African American History

Frederick Douglass

Following is a list of selected historical figures: Richard Allen, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Benjamin Banneker, Henry Bibb, Anthony Burns, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Joseph Cinque, Samuel Cornish, Paul Cuffe , Martin R. Delany, Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen,  April Ellison, Olaudah Equiano, Elizabeth Freeman,  James Forten,  Henry H. Garnet, William Lloyd Garrison, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Jarena Lee,  Edmonia Lewis, Benjamin Lundy, Absalom Jones, Jarena Lee, Solomon Northrup , Thomas Peters , Robert Purvis, Hiram Revels, Dred Scott, Venture Smith, Maria W. Stewart, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey , David Walker, Phillis Wheatley, Harriet E. Wilson.

For additional information about other African American contributions to the United States, check the African American Sites in the Digital Collections on the Library of Congress page ( The webliography which is compiled by Sabrina C. Thomas, Digital Reference Specialist is organized by historical eras based on the American Memory timeline found on the Teachers page."Contributions by African Americans to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics and much more are well represented in the vast collections of the Library of Congress." The African American Odyssey is another source that showcases African American collections from the Library of Congress. "The exhibition tells the story of the African American experience through nine chronological periods."

African American History Month Exhibits & Collections is another good source of material related to African American history available from the Library of the Congress and other partner agencies.