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This is a picture of a Troubadour playing a Lute. The Lute is very similar to the guitar but has a bit of a different shape. Also a very popular instrument played but plucking the strings so that they vibrate.

A traveling minstrel/troubadour. Playing a string guitar entertaining his audience with music. Notice his troubadour pants and his longer not quite so fitting blouse. You would also see the hats with a feather out the back.

ELIZABETH PROCTOR THOMAS "Aunt Betty" (1821-1917), was a free black woman, farmer and landowner in Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia. In Sept. 1861, Union troops took her land destroying her home, to build Fort Stevens. According to Thomas, as soldiers removed her belongings, a tall, slender man dressed in black approached her and said, “It is hard, but you shall reap a great reward.” The man was President Lincoln. After the Civil War, she remained the owner of portions of the…

ELIZABETH PROCTOR THOMAS "Aunt Betty" was a free black woman, farmer and landowner in Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia. Union troops took her land destroying her home, to build Fort Stevens.

Olaudah Equiano, a former slave turned abolishenist of the 18th Century, whose autobiography and association with William Wilberforce were both turning points in the UK's anti-slavery movement. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Olaudah Equiano (c. 1745 – 31 March also known as Gustavus Vassa, was a prominent African involved in the British movement towards the abolition of the slave trade.

Laurie Cunningham aged 17, at Brisbane Road, home to Leyton Orient FC, 1973.//  In 1989, footballer Laurie Cunningham’s life was cut short by a car crash on the outskirts of Madrid. He was 33 years old.

Groundbreaking footballer Laurie Cunningham, age in a bespoke suit and tie of his own design. Photo by Dermot Kavanagh.

Vivian Gordon Harsh, librarian and participant in Chicago's Black Renaissance.

Vivian Gordon Harsh: "Vivian Gordon Harsh was the first African American librarian in the Chicago Public Library system and a significant contributor to Chicago’s Black Renaissance.

ELIZABETH KECKLEY: A FREED SLAVE AND THE FIRST FEMALE BLACK FASHION DESIGNER IN WHITE HOUSE

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (Circa Feb 1818 - May was former slave who became a successful businesswoman (seamstress/fashion designer), civic activist, author and close friend, confidante and advisor to Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln.

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