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Elegant African American Couple, 1910.

Besties 1940s

Biddy Mason, an African American slave woman who lived in San Bernardino in the 1850s and who, after gaining her freedom, became the first African American woman to own property in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles. Biddy Mason has been described as the proud symbol of African American achievement and perseverance, and the embodiment of all that is possible in Southern California.

Cléo de Mérode (1875-1966), an international sensation, one of the the most photographed woman in the world in her time, was a French ballerina, who achieved fame with her face, not necessarily with her feet.

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The Meaning Behind Famous Symbols #Infographic

The Meaning Behind Famous Symbols #Infographic #History

Brazil, 1880: slave woman carrying her master's baby in the traditional african way. Photo by Rodolpho Lindemann.

African American vaudeville group in blackface (1920s).

Josephine Baker (1937)