The FIRST Black Senator; a RARE photograph and great portrait by Mathew Brady - a cabinet card photograph of Hiram Rhoades Revels (1822-1901). Of mixed African and Indian descent, he was a Methodist minister and later the first Black Senator (Mississippi) during Reconstruction, later the President of Alcorn University.
Marie Bottineau Baldwin (1863-1952) was a Chippewa attorney. Marie was the first Native American student and first woman of color to graduate from the Washington College of Law. Today the Women’s Law Association funds a scholarship in her name. Following law school, Marie worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was treasurer of the Society of American Indians.
Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton was known as The “First Lady of Iron.” In the 1940s, she organized the first women’s weight lifting contest and operated the first all-women’s gym in the United States. She lifted, performed acrobatics on Muscle Beach and wrote extensively encouraging women to include weight training as part of a fitness regime.
Born in 1850 as a slave. Sarah E. Goode was the first African American woman to receive a patent in the United States. Her invention of the cabinet bed was inspired by the environment she lived in where many people lived in small houses that did not have room for large pieces of furniture. When the bed was folded up it looked like a desk and it had storage areas as a desk.