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African American Biographical Database


1800s and 1900s


The African American Biographical Database(AABD) provides biographical sketches of African American activists, businesspeople, former slaves, performing artists, educators, lawyers, physicians, writers, church leaders, homemakers, religious workers, government workers,athletes, farmers, scientists, factory workers, and more -- both the famous and the everyday person. These biographical sketches have been carefully assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources. It draws its initial content from Chadwyck-Healey's Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950. Biographical portraits from newly uncovered dictionaries as well as from other published reference sources, obituary files, slave narrative collections, internet sites, etc. will be added as the database expands. Covers sources published in the 1800's and 1900's, many of which are not readily found in all libraries.

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