Fort Wayne’s Freedom Schools

NewsChannel 15’s Terra Brantley takes a look at a part of Fort Wayne’s history that many probably don’t know about. In this Hidden History report, you’ll find out about Freedom Schools and how they paved the way for the desegregation of Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Hidden History – Crispus Attucks Museum

Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis is named after the first American casualty of the Revolutionary War. The school has a rich history as explained by Julian Grace.

Blind Tom, musical prodigy

This is the story of Tom Wiggins. He was born a slave and was blind. But that didn’t stop him from achieving greatness as a musical prodigy who astounded white audiences with his classical piano abilities. Travell Eiland has his remarkable story in this installment of Hidden History.

The Whitney Plantation

The Whitney Plantation located in Wallace, Louisiana was hidden from public view until a man by the name of John Cummings bought the property. Cummings documented the past ownership of Whitney which included records of the enslaved people who lived and died there. Their story is the subject of this installment of Hidden History.

Samuel G. Wright

There are very few written records of the Underground Railroad, but thanks to a man named Samuel G. Wright historians have a better understanding of efforts to help slaves reach freedom.

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River of Change

The Mississippi River runs through 10 states and in our nation’s early years it was a conduit for trade, but not just crops, manufactured goods and other items, but human property in the form of slaves. However the waterway was also a River of Change as explained in this installment of Hidden History.

The Underground Railroad

In the early years of the 19th century, a church came to existence in the quiet town of Volney in western New York state where a congregation of blacks and whites sat together, worshiped together and fought together to end slavery.

Memphis Civil Rights movement

The National Civil Rights Museum opened in 1991 in Memphis, Tennessee at the location where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot to death.

Memphis Sanitation Workers

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated outside his room at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. Many remember where it happened, but don’t remember why the civil rights leader was in Memphis.

Georgetown University Slaves

There’s a connection between Washington, D.C. and the small town of Maringouin, Louisiana. It has to do with slaves bought and sold by the priests of Georgetown University. That’s the subject of this installment of “Hidden History,” a celebration of Black History Month.

Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson won hundreds of games and changed the lives of thousands of young men on a cash strapped budget at a small university in the middle of an unknown town. Dan Jovic talked with those who knew Robinson to find out just how the hall of fame coach was able to do it.

Beale Street

New York has Broadway, New Orleans has Bourbon and Memphis has Beale. It’s one of the most famous entertainment streets in America, bringing Memphis’ blues and world famous barbecue to the masses.

Barbecue sauce & solidarity

A simple barbecue sandwich can break down racial barriers and it’s been happening for years in a little town called Marianna, Arkansas.