1. Harry Hosier, He was a renowned Black preacher and an evangelist. Born a slave in North Carolina, following the Revolutionary War he gained his freedom and was converted to Methodism. His sermon, “The Barren Fig Tree,” preached at Adam’s Chapel, Fairfax County, Virginia, in May of 1781, was the first recorded Methodist sermon by an African-American. Hosier became famous as a traveling evangelist throughout the Atlantic seaboard.
2. Richard Potter, Magician, one of the first black illusionist in America, Potter has been credited as America’s first successful stage magician, hypnotist, and ventriloquist. One of the earliest records of Potter advertising his shows was on November 2, 1811, in Boston at the Columbian Museum. The performance featured ventriloquism and magic.
3. Joseph Lee, Inventor, invented machinery for processing food and became very prominent in the food industry.
4. Kelly Miller, historian and educator, Miller wrote essays and a weekly column for the black press, where he dealt with the promise and progress of African-Americans since Emancipation and proposed ideas for global racial equality. Additionally, he wrote several books, including “Race Adjustment” (1903), “Out of the House of Bondage” (1917), and “History of the World War and the Important Part Taken by the Negroes” (1919).
5. Alice Nelson Dunbar, novelist, poet, essayist, and critic associated with the early period of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s and ’30s.
6. Jody Edwards (Butter Beans), Vaudevillian, teamed with his wife Susie , worked with Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith, appeard at the Apollo Theater and the Cotton Club
7. Rachel Robinson, former nurse and the widow of baseball player Jackie Robinson. She was born in Los Angeles, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. There, she met Jackie in 1941, and they married in 1946. A baby, Jackie Robinson, Jr., was born to her in November 1946. The Robinsons would later have a daughter, Sharon, and another son, David.
8. Buster Benton, blues guitarist and singer, who played guitar in Willie Dixon’s Blues All-Stars, and is best known for his solo rendition of the Dixon-penned song “Spider in My Stew.
9. Thulani Davis, writer, educator, and journalist.