1822 - Liberia was founded by free blacks from America.
1840 - Africans, including Joseph Cinque, aboard the slave ship, Amistad, were tried for mutiny and murder in Haven, CT. The court decided that they had a right to resist becoming slaves.
1890 - The fountain pen was patented by W.B. Purvis.
1891 - Author Zora Neale Hurtston was born.
1919 - The first African-American female surgeon in the South, Dorothy L. Brown, was born.
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