Thomas Garrett: After being convicted of trespass and debt for aiding and abetting in the escape of runaway-slaves, Garrett was fined several thousand dollars resulting in his financial ruin. Nonetheless, he continued to work for the abolitionist cause.
Joel Brand was a sailor and odd-job man, originally from Transylvania but raised in Germany, who became known for his efforts during the Holocaust to save the Hungarian-Jewish community from deportation to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. He is remembered, in particular, for his negotiations with the German Schutzstaffel (SS) officer, Adolf Eichmann, to barter one million Jews for 10,000 trucks and other goods, a deal the Nazis called "Blut gegen Waren" ("blood for goods").
PATRICIA BATH, (Nov.4, 1942-Present) Inventor - In 1981 she began work on the "Laserphaco Probe." It utilized a laser and two tubes, one of which served for irrigation and the other for suctions (aspiration). The laser was used to make a small incision in the eye and the laser would quickly vaporize the cataracts. She was the 1st Black person to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1970. Her parents instilled within her a feeling of opportunity and excitement for her future.
This is Jan Komski (Polish, 1915-2002) who survived five concentration camps.
The young black janitor who changed the world ... Vivien Thomas (1910-1985). In 1944, Hopkins' surgery chief, Dr. Alfred Blalock, successfully operated on the heart of a 9-pound child, a "blue baby." As Blalock prepared to make his historic incision, he looked around the operating room and asked, "Where's Vivien?" Blalock would not begin surgery until his janitor-turned-surgical assistant, Vivien Thomas, was there to guide the procedure. Prejudice long kept Thomas' crucial role…
First wife of Frederick Douglass.Douglass met and fell in love with Anna Murray, a free black woman in Baltimore about five years older than he was. Her free status strengthened his belief in the possibility of gaining his own freedom. She died in 1839.
Sister Gertruda Stanisława Marciniak, Poland - The Polish nun who hid Jews in her orphanage