Who Are Some Famous African-American Historical Figures?


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Some famous African-Americans are Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave who risked capture by frequently returning to Maryland to help guide approximately 300 slaves through the Underground Railroad to freedom. She actively promoted women’s suffrage in later years.

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Booker T. Washington was born into slavery and became an author, speaker, educator and occasional adviser to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. He is famous for promoting the advancement of African-Americans through education and financial success, and for establishing Tuskegee University.

George Washington Carver was a former slave, botanist and inventor. He brought world acclaim to Tuskegee's agricultural department by developing new agricultural techniques. He is best known for inventing over 100 products from the peanut, including plastics, paints and a form of gasoline.

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