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P. B. S. Pinchback

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P. B. S. Pinchback
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• P. B. S. Pinchback

The first African-American governor was from LA. shortly after the civil war. 

25th Governor of Louisiana
In office
December 9, 1872 – January 13, 1873
Lieutenant none
Preceded by Henry C. Warmoth
Succeeded by John McEnery and William P. Kellogg (election contested)
Born May 10, 1837(1837-05-10)
Macon, Georgia
Died December 21, 1921 (aged 84)
Washington, DC
Political party Republican
Spouse Nina Emily
Religion African Methodist Episcopal
Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (May 10, 1837 – December 21, 1921) was the first African American to become Governor of a U.S. state. He was also the first non-white (biracial) Governor of Louisiana. Pinchback, a Republican, served as the Governor of Louisiana for thirty-five days, from December 9, 1872, to January 13, 1873.
Nicholas Lemann, in Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, described Pinchback as "an outsized figure: newspaper publisher, gambler, orator, speculator, dandy, mountebank -- served for a few months as the state's Governor and claimed seats in both houses of Congress following disputed elections but could not persuade the members of either to seat him."[1]
Contents [hide]
1 Early life
2 Political career
3 Later life
4 Legacy
5 See also
6 Notes
7 References
8 External links

[edit] Early life
Pinchback was born in Macon, Georgia (Bibb County), to a white planter (William Pinchback) and his former slave, Eliza Stewart. Known as "Pinckney Benton Stewart," he was educated at Gilmore High School in Cincinnati. After his father died in 1848, he left Cincinnati because he feared that his paternal relatives might try to force him into slavery. He worked as a hotel porter and barber in Terre Haute, Indiana.
In 1860, while in Indiana, Pinchback married Nina Emily. They had two daughters and four sons.

[edit] Political career
In 1863, during the Civil War, Pinchback traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana and raised African-American volunteers for the Union Army. He became captain of Company A, 1st Louisiana Native Guards (later reformed as the 73th U. S. Colored Infantry Regiment). However, he resigned his commission due to racial prejudice against black officers.
After the war, Pinchback returned to New Orleans and became active in the Republican Party, participating in Reconstruction state conventions. In 1868, he organized the Fourth Ward Republican Club in New Orleans. That same year, he was elected as a Louisiana state senator, where he became the state senate's president pro tempore. In 1871 he became acting lieutenant governor upon the death of Oscar Dunn, the first elected African American lieutenant governor of a U.S. state.
In 1872, the incumbent Republican governor Henry Clay Warmoth, was impeached and convicted, removing him from office. Pinchback, as lieutenant governor, succeeded as governor on December 9.
Also in 1872, at a national convention of African-American politicians, Pinchbank had a public disagreement with Jeremiah Haralson of Alabama. James T. Rapier (also of Alabama) submitted a motion that the convention condemn all Republicans who had opposed President Grant in that year's election.[2] Haralson supported the motion, but Pinchback opposed it because it would include Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, a lifelong anti-slavery fighter whom Pinchback felt African-Americans should laud.[citation needed]

[edit] Later life
After his brief governorship, Pinchback remained active in politics and public service. He was elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, but both elections were contested, and his Democratic opponents were seated instead. Pinchback served on the Louisiana State Board of Education and was instrumental in establishing the predominantly black Southern University in New Orleans in 1880 (later relocated to Baton Rouge in 1914). He was a member of Southern University's board of trustees.
In 1882, Republican President Chester Alan Arthur named Pinchback as surveyor of customs in New Orleans. In 1885, he studied law at Straight University (which closed in 1934) in New Orleans. He was admitted to the bar in 1886, and later moved to New York City where he was a federal marshal, and then to Washington, D.C. where he practiced law.
Pinchback died in Washington in 1921 and was interred in Metairie Cemetery near New Orleans, even though the cemetery at the time was segregated and deemed to be exclusively for whites.

[edit] Legacy
It was not until 1990 that another African American became governor of any U.S. state. In 1990, Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the second African-American state governor (and the first to be elected to the office). Deval Patrick of Massachusetts was the third in January 2007 and David Paterson became the fourth on March 17, 2008, upon the resignation of Eliot Spitzer. Wilder, Patrick and Paterson are all Democrats. Only once have two African-American governors served simultaneously (Deval Patrick and David Paterson). In 2007, Republican Bobby Jindal, who is of South Asian descent, was elected governor of Louisiana for a term that began in January 2008. He is the second non-white to serve as governor of Louisiana.
Pinchback is the maternal grandfather of Harlem Renaissance author Jean Toomer.

Oldest Black Church in Akron, OH

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 This photographs below were taken in 1928, and came from the collection of Charlotte Riley Steel. The Wesly Temple A.M.E. Zion Church and its Congreation was once one of the Largest Black Chuches in Akron, Ohio and  now the Oldest Black church thats still in existance today.

 The photograph had to be taken in several shots to view on this site, because it was to large to scan. It was originally  taken in Panaramic view  in 1928 by the photographer-UNKNOWN

George Washinton Carver State Park

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 George Washington Carver State Park

Submitted by: Charles Atkinson, George Washinton Carver State Park was the First  Negro State Park in Georgia, and that, January 5,is George Washington Carver Recognition Day. *This information is derived from the website of The Georgia State  Parks and Historic Sites, written by Billy Townsend, State of Georgia Chief Historian (ret). Although Georgia has the oldest public recreation area in the nation (Indian Springs deeded to Georgia in 1825), it wasn't until 1950 that Georgia had its first Negro State Park. It is also the only State Park in Georgia to ever be named for an African American.

Update by : C.H. Atkinson- 1/21/08   A DAY AT CARVER PHOTOGRAPHS

In 1950, Atlanta resident and former Tuskegee Airman John Loyd Atkinson Sr. was instrumental in establishing George Washington Carver State Park (1950-1975), the state’s only park ever named for an African American. Carver was a brilliant inventor and chemist who helped the devastated farming community and spurred the South’s peanut industry and was awarded the Roosevelt Medal in 1939 for saving southern agriculture. Atkinson had leased the 345 acres (1.4 km²;) adjacent to Red Top Mountain Park from the Corps of Engineers with the intention of establishing a private resort for Blacks, like American Beach in Florida. Governor Herman Talmadge helped establish the park and assimilate it into Red Top Mountain State Park, although operated and maintained separately. Atkinson became the park superintendent, the first African-American park manager in the state, serving from 1950 to 1958. James Clarence Benham  Sr. , father of  the first African American on the Georgia Supreme Court,  Justice Robert Benham, became Carver Parks’s second park manager, serving for three years.

OPOAA featured on The Mortician Journal

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Posted on August 14, 2007 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (2)

OPOAA, does it again,

Author Eran Reya,

of the book entitled THE DEATH OF BLACK AMERICA, has credited OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS- UNKNOWN FACES, for the use of one of our photographs, (African American Family), which made the cover.

The Death of Black America explores these questions and more in this call to action urging Black Americans to evaluate their condition and change the thought patterns and behaviors that are destroying them.

The Death of Black America acknowledges how both collective ad individual plights are intertwined and investigates the immediate and future consequence of ignoring this reality.

Through relevant and insightful text, the compelling analysis draws on a wealth of historical and statistical data to look at the factors that have led black America to its current state. Thought-provoking and candid, The Death of Black America examines the interplay of racial stereotypes and misplaced identity and considers possible solutions.

About the Author:

The Death of Black America is the Author's first book, He has written short stories and several screenplays, He resides in Virginia



Posted on November 23, 2006 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

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OPOAA Photographs Featured by Screenwriter Claudia Adams

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I am a television/screenwriter/playwright who has specialized in the African American experience.  My credentials include the 1985 "Who Said It's Fair" two part episode of "Cagney & Lacey" that was nominated for numerous Beverly Hills NAACP Image Awards for its portrayal of blacks in the entertainment industry. It also won an Emmy for the writing.  

My play, "Police Officers' Wives" was produced at the Ventura Court Theatre in 1997 and was nominated for two Beverly Hills NAACP Excellence in Theatre Awards and won one. 

My most recent work, "GRANDMOTHER DOLL" an African American "true love" story, is about Elizabeth, an 82 year old woman who is fighting for custody of her great-grandchildren in an attempt to hold her family together.  She has a lover, Jake, who is helping her.  As the story unfolds the subplot is Elizabeth and Jake's 60 year love story.  They met in their twenties and fell in love when he was a musician, yet they both married others, Jake once and Elizabeth three times!  The screenplay is listed as a Quarterfinalist Winner in the 2006 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition.


I am in the process of making some kind of announcement, probably a large postcard that I will be sending out to Hollywood, announcing the Slamdance Award in hopes of getting interest in the project from an agent or producer.  I know this is Emmy/Oscar worthy material if I can just get the attention of the right people.

I would like permission to use a few pictures from your incredible site on the front of the postcard.  It's as if I had seen your pictures beforehand and written the screenplay around them.  There's a line in the screenplay where Elizabeth describes her pride as she walks into Church on Jake's arm.  "You should see us walking into church.  Him in his pin striped suit.  MmmmMm!  He looks good enough to frost a cake with!"  LeNora Massey's photograph, CHURCH, is Jake and Elizabeth as I pictured them when I wrote that line! 

There are also numerous pictures submitted that I might like to use.  CUTE LITTLE GIRL is exactly how I pictured Elizabeth's 6 year old great granddaughter and BABY AND ME is similar to the title "GRANDMOTHER DOLL." (Elizabeth searches for an African American "Grandmother Doll" to give to her littlest great granddaughter when she realizes she's going to be adopted and they'll never see each other again!  She wants to leave the baby with something to remember her by) There are many more pictures that I may be able to use.

As I mentioned, I would be happy if you let me use any one of these pictures for a 5x7 postcard but if you give me permission to use more I will probably make an
8 1/2 X 11 collage.  Mainly because I can't make up my mind which ones I like better than the others!  They are all so wonderful!

I have attached the Sundance score card of GRANDMOTHER DOLL so you can be sure it is of the highest quality and something you'd like to be associated with!  I will definitely thank your site on the postcard for giving permission to use the photographs!

Thank you so much.   .
Claudia Adams


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Waxed Juices

Posted on April 15, 2006 at 6:23 PM Comments comments (0)

Submission of the day, sent in by: Dsumler1,

 Waxed Juices

I recall when i was a little girl buying little waxed juices figures some of them came in solider men and other figure they were so good i got a kick out of eating the wax.

Thanks D, I surely do remember, will post it on the Time to Remember page.

Posted on March 13, 2006 at 2:17 AM Comments comments (2)
A Question of why the subjects in most of the photographs seem to have such sad looks on their faces?
One Answer: That African Amercians back then didnt have to much to smile about.