On This Day in Black History: July 28
Britain passed the Slavery Abolition Act, abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire.
The U.S. Congress passed legislation establishing six regiments of black troops. The mounted regiments—the 9th and 10th Cavalries, nicknamed Buffalo Soldiers by the Cheyenne and Comanche—played a major role in the history of the West.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, which granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States" and included former slaves who had just been freed after the Civil War.
Maggie Lena Walker founded the Saint Luke Penny Savings Bank, became its first president and, in the process, the first woman bank president in the U.S.
U.S. forces occupied Haiti, which ended with complete withdrawal in 1934.
Ten thousand blacks marched silently down Fifth Avenue in New York City, protesting the East St. Louis, Illinois massacre of July 2 and recent lynchings in Waco, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee.
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Dr. Percy Julian
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