“The fact that they lie in these unmarked abandoned sites, it’s almost like that they are kind of vanishing from the American consciousness,” said Sandra Arnold, 50, a history student at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Fordham University.
The first doctor to reach President Abraham Lincoln after he was shot in a Washington theater rushed to his ceremonial box and found him paralyzed, comatose and leaning against his wife. Dr. Charles Leale ordered brandy and water to be brought immediately.
Three years ago, a Chicago man found historic documents in an abandoned house and took them to a rare books dealer. The papers and books belonged to Richard T. Greener, a 19th century black intellectual, who was the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University. (via Discovery Sparks Interest In Forgotten Black Scholar : NPR)
The Census Bureau just released reams of data from the 1940 U.S. Census online (the website’s been up and down all day; if it doesn’t work, try later), and you are going to spend the next hour or so tooling around on the website. I know because I just did it myself.
So many African-Americans have Irish-sounding last names — Eddie Murphy, Isaac Hayes, Mariah Carey, Dizzy Gillespie, Toni Morrison, H. Carl McCall — that you would think that the long story of blacks and Irish coming together would be well documented. You would be wrong.