Dr. James McCune Smith
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Here we are again in 2018, 92 years since the founding of Negro History Week in 1926. The Slavery Narrative continues with a blinding perspective. If I cite the Negro Philharmonic Orchestra for the preservation of the classics consisted of 100+ free literate musicians over thirty years prior to the Civil war or if physicians of color served in the Civil War before a person of color was admitted to a US medical college these citations and more are dismissed as exceptional contributions that does not change the slavery narrative.
I agree those citations do not change the slavery narrative. However, the 1860 census indicate more FREE people of color existed in every state of the Union. Therefore, FREE people of color was the majority population at start of the Civil War and that statistical fact should change the slave narrative. The unanswered questions are " where is the information about FREE people of color during the period of slavery-their customs, ceremonies, organizations, employment, etc. Why does the slavery narrative dominate text books, educational courses, media, etc etc,. See pic.James McCune Smith (April 18, 1813 – November 17, 1865) American physician, apothecary, abolitionist, and author. He was the first African American to hold a medical degree and graduated at the top in his class at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. After his return to the United States, he became the first African American to run a pharmacy in this nation. .