1. William Cooper Nell, he was considered by Carter Goodwin Woodson to be the first African American historian… was an abolitionist, journalist, author, and civil servant. As an historical author his books, Services of Colored Americans in the Wars of 1776 and 1812 (1851) and Colored Patriots of the American Revolution (1855) became available to the public. These represented the premier exhaustive studies of African Americans.
2. Charles L. Blockson, author and scholar of Black studies. He is considered one of the country’s leading experts on the Underground Railroad and chaired the National Park Service’s first Underground Railroad Advisory Committee.