I Know February is Black History Month . . .

just by glancing at Digging History stats — even if I didn’t already know what is commemorated during this month.  Why is that?

Last year, one story (and it’s a good one!) received hundreds of views during February and beyond – the story about Sarah E. Goode, an African American woman who invented a cabinet bed.  The same pattern is occurring this year with multiple daily views of the article.

I imagine that many of the views belong to students (or “innovators” as they are called) of Chicago’s Goode STEM Academy who are perhaps tasked each February with writing a story about their school’s namesake.  I’m happy to be used as a reference for this interesting story.  However, I hope those young people take time to look around Digging History for more articles about unique and unusual events in history – or read a Tombstone Tuesday article or two.

Kids (of all ages), if you’re looking for other interesting African Americans in United States history try these articles:  Bessie Coleman, Stagecoach Mary, Phillis Wheatley, Ellen and William Craft or this fascinating article about freed slaves who owned their own slaves.  You can learn about the Underground Railroad by reading “The Mapmaker’s Children”.  Here’s a thought-provoking article: When and Why Did African Americans Stop Supporting the Party of Lincoln?  There’s even a Ghost Town Wednesday article about a Kansas town which was for a time home to a significant African American population.  These two African Americans had the most unusual names: Mary Susan Ann Rebecca Yankee Doodle Jay-Ho Bonaparte Dekelter Payne Spencer and Tonsillitis Jackson (you won’t believe his siblings’ names!).

If you really want to learn something interesting – a piece of history which has been sort of “swept under the rug” – research this story on your own:  Tulsa Race Riots.  Better yet, research it, write a story and submit it for publication here at Digging History.

The same goes for anyone who stumbles on the site via a web search.  Take some time and look around – there are over six hundred articles.  You’re sure to find something of interest – and please pass it along to someone else.  Cheers . . . and thanks for stopping by!

Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!


© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2017.


  1. Sharon thank you for this information. My wife is ill, but I hope to post something regarding Rev. “Black” Harry Hoosier, especially his connection the the Methodist movement and probable source of the term Hoosier referring to people from Indiana. He was a contemporary, and often traveling companion, of Bishop Francis Asbury, He was a former slave, freed after his service in the Revolution, and considered by some as the BEST evangelistic preacher of his day, not a bad title for someone who traveled with Asbury. Often their revivals were interracial. My understanding of History is that, during the years just after the Revolution the Methodist church took a clear stance against slavery, and a documented stance by some conferences that Church and the Gospel was for ALL people. It appears that back then the churches may have been more racially integrated than they are today.

    Thanks, Ted

    • How interesting! I’ve thought about doing a series of articles on circuit-riding preachers, but haven’t had the time of late to write much at Digging History. You may submit an article for consideration by sending it to seh@digging-history.com.


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