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  • Elizabeth Jennings Graham — New York’s Rosa Parks, A Century Earlier

    Continuing our celebration of Black History month, today we look at Elizabeth Jennings Graham, a woman who, in her simple quest to get to her church on East 6th Street sparked one of earliest challenges to institutionalized racial discrimination in public accommodations.  In 1854  Graham […]

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  • The Freedmen’s Bank in the South Village

    On March 3, 1865, The Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Company, commonly referred to as The Freedmen’s Bank, was created by the United States Congress to aid freedmen in their transition from slavery to freedom. During the bank’s existence, 37 branches were opened in 17 states […]

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