Thomas Jefferson Knowledge Institute


Black Heroes and Leaders
Revolutionary War Period
Pre-Civil War
Civil War and after
Twentieth Century


George Washington Carver: Born a slave, he became an inventor who gave back to the community.

Emilie Davis: A young black woman whose diaries chronicle the years 1863 to 1865.

Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist leader, first black citizen to hold high rank (as U.S. minister and consul general to Haiti).

Joseph Rainey: First Black Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress.

Hiram Revels: Filled a vacant seat in the United States Senate in 1870 as the first Senator of color.

Booker T. Washington: Educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States.