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Nov. 10, 2016
6504 Houston Rd Macon, Ga 31216
·American track-and-field athlete
·Won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin, Germany Olympic Games.
·His long jump world record stood for 25 years.
·Was not properly recognized for his accomplishments until 1976 by President Gerald Ford who awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom
· Deemed one of the finest contraltos of her time
· The first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955.
George Washington Carver-
·Born into slavery in Diamond, Missouri, around 1864. The exact year and date of his birth are unknown.
·Carver went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute.
·Carver devised over 100 products using one major crop—the peanut—including dyes, plastics and gasoline.
·Became interested in sweet potatoes,-Products he invented using sweet potatoes include: wood fillers, more than 73 dyes, rope, breakfast cereal, synthetic silk, shoe polish, Laundry Soap, Sweeping Compound and molasses.
The Washington Memorial Library
·Local Black History facts:
Located at 1180 Washington Ave, this library offers an extensive African-American Heritage collection considered one of the best in the Southeast.
·The collection, which began in 1959, contains rare genealogical, archival and biographical information.
Chuck Berry was one of the most popular and influential performers of rhythm-and-blues and rock 'n' roll music during the 1950s, '60s and '70s. In 1985, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. A year later, in 1986, he became the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's first inductee. He's known for songs like "Johnny B. Goode" and "My Ding-a-Ling."
With only an elementary school education, Garrett Morgan, born in Kentucky on March 4, 1877, began his career as a sewing-machine mechanic. He went on to patent several inventions, including an improved sewing machine and traffic signal, a hair-straightening product (relaxer), and a respiratory device that would later provide the blueprint for WWI gas masks. The inventor died on July 27, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio. Garret patented a breathing device in 1914 and 2 years later with the help of his brother, used the device to help rescue 2 lives and recover 4 bodies from the Cleveland tunnel explosion. Despite his heroic efforts, the publicity that Morgan garnered from the incident hurt sales; the public was now fully aware that Morgan was an African American, and many refused to purchase his products. Adding to the detriment, neither the inventor nor his brother were fully recognized for their heroic efforts at Lake Erie—possibly another effect of racial discrimination. Morgan was nominated for a Carnegie Medal for his efforts, but ultimately wasn't chosen to receive the award. Additionally, some reports of the explosion named others as the rescuers.
Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday was born April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years and in 1937 she became one of the very first black women to work with a white orchestra. Her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues. In 2000, Billie Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
To teach the picky patron a lesson, Crum sliced a new batch of potatoes as thin as he possibly could, and then fried them until they were hard and crunchy. Finally, to top them off, he added a generous heaping of salt. To Crum's surprise, the dish ended up being a hit with the patron and a new snack was born!
Years later, Crum opened his own restaurant that had a basket of potato chips on every table. Though Crum never attempted to patent his invention, the snack was eventually mass-produced and sold in bags – providing thousands of jobs nationwide.
In 1891, anyone interested in mailing a letter would have to make the long trip to the post office. Philip B. Downing designed a metal box with four legs which he patented on October 27, 1891. He called his device a street letter box and it is the predecessor of today’s mailbox. One year earlier, Downing patented an electrical switch for railroads which allowed railroad workers to supply or shut off power to trains at appropriate times. Based on this design, innovators would later create electrical switches such as light switches used in the home.