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BLACK HISTORY MINI DOCS - Annie Malone

If you thought Madam C. J. Walker was the first black millionaire, think again. Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone (August 9, 1869 – May 10, 1957) was the real first millionaire businesswoman and with no tragic end to her story. She was a chemist entrepreneur, philanthropist, educator and lived up until the grand age of 87. Click to watch our Mini Doc on her life now.


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Elizabeth "Lisette" Denison Forth 

The First Black Landowner in America.

Born enslaved in 1786, Elizabeth nicknamed Lisette, was the second of six children. She never fully learned how to read or write, but her comprehension skills were extraordinary.As a child, she learned Native American languages from a neighbor to the point that eventually she was able to serve as a translator. After her family's enslaver died in 1806 the Denison Family was supposed to be freed by a decree. The Michigan Territorial Council did not want to honor their freedom.Lisette’s two older brothers found their first job as free man, working for a Detroit-based lawyer, Elijah Brush and he helped the Denison’s sue for custody of their children. When the verdict came back from the Michigan Territorial Supreme Court, however, it was not positive. The court had ruled that all the children would remain slaves for the rest of their lives except for the youngest of the children, who would be freed when they turned 25 because he had been born after the Ordinance took effect. But Lisette and her family refused to succumb to the cruel and inhumane judgment and ruling.They chose to escape across the Detroit River into Windsor, Canada to gain their freedom.


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