MOMENTS IN HISTORY
1624 William Tucker 1st Black child born in U.S., baptized in Jamestown, Virginia1768 James Varick Founder of AME Zion Church born, Orange County, N.Y.
1808 Slave trade outlawed in the U.S.
1858 Abolitionist John Brown leads slave freedom raid, Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.
1866 The Buffalo Soldiers were formed by an act of Congress.
1977 Mervin Morris, son of a Delano merchant opened Mervyn's Department Store on California Avenue.
1870 J.J. Lopez was the first superintendent of Tejon Ranch, he led a historic sheep drive from Kern County to Wyoming.
1874 Yen Ming came to Kern County as a railroad laborer, he later owned a farm on present day Ming Avenue and became known as "The Chinese Potato King."
1889 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams founds 1st Black hospital, Chicago, Illinois.
1890 W.B. Purvis patents fountain pen.
1908 Alpha Kappa Alpha founded Howard University, Washington, D.C.
1911 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity founded, Indiana University.
1913 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority founded, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
1920 National Negro Baseball League begins.
1938 Marion Turner Stubbs founds Jack and Jill of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1941 Black pilot squadron formed, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama
1959 Berry Gordy borrows $800 to form Motown Records, Detroit Michigan
1962 Jackie Robinson is 1st Black elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1965 Voter registration begins in Selma, Alabama led by Martin Luther King Jr.