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This Day in Our History

Posted by joyinhome on February 11, 2010

Everyday this month, a little-known fact about history made on this date will be featured.

February 11

1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years.

1976 – Clifford Alexander, Jr. is confirmed as the first African American Secretary of the Army. He will hold the position until the end of President Jimmy Carter’s term.

1961 – Robert Weaver is sworn in as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the highest federal post held at that time by an African American.

1783 – Jarena Lee, the daughter of freedmen, is born in Cape May, New Jersey.  She is the considered the first female preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

1644 – First Black legal protest in America pressed by eleven Blacks who petitioned for freedom in New Netherlands (New York). Council of New Netherlands freed the eleven petitioners because they had “served the Company seventeen or eighteen years” and had been “long since promised their freedom on the same footing as other free people in New Netherlands.”

Stay tuned for more factoids.

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