• TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY: September 29

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    First African Lodge established by Prince Hall (1784).

    Edward Thomas Demby elected suffragan bishop of the Protestant Episcopal diocese of Arkansas (1918).

    US merchant ship Booker T. Washington gets its first Black captain, Hugh Mulzac (1940).

    President John F. Kennedy sends federal troops in to aid the integration of University of Mississippi (1962).

    Lt. Gov. Paul Johnson found guilty of civil contempt (1962).

    The first Black-owned station in the US, WGPR-TV in Detriot started broadcasting on this day (1975).

    Sir William Arthur Lewis, Professor of Economics Princeton University, became the first black to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics (1979).

    Mabel Fairbanks

    Mabel Fairbanks, the first black woman to be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, died at the age of 85 (2001).

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