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Annie Turnbo: Founder of Poro College & Pioneer Manufacturer of Cosmetics Products

Considered to be one of the first African American women to become a millionaire, Annie Minerva Turnbo was born in Metropolis, Illinois on August 9, 1869 to Robert and Isabella Turnbo. Turnbo took an interest in hair styling, in particular, developing a better way to straighten African American hair without damaging it. By 1920, Turnbo's hair care empire employed 300 people locally and 75,000 agents nationally.

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Josephine Baker: The “Black Venus” from Boxcar Town

Born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3 ,1906 in St. Louis, MO, Josephine Baker was a world renowned performer, World War II spy, and civil rights advocate who took part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with 250,000 other civil rights supporters. In 1922, she joined the cast of Shuffle Along, which became the first successful African American musical, running for more than 500 performances.

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Elizabeth Freeman: First Enslaved African American Freed Under the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780

It’s believed that Elizabeth Freeman, Mumbet, was born between 1742-1744, to enslaved African parents in Claverack, New York. Ruled in their favor, Mumbet and Brom became the first enslaved African Americans to be freed under the Massachusetts constitution of 1780 in Brom & Bett v. Ashley which was argued before a county court in August 1871.

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Women’s History Month: Honoring Women of the Past, Present, and Future

Celebrated in the United States and in various countries around the world, March is Women's History Month. Honoring women of the past while illuminating the many injustices women still face and raise awareness about gender inequality, the first “National Women's Day” was established on February 28, 1909. In this post, you'll discover seven influential women who’ve left their mark in various frontiers.

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