Arthur Cooper (1789 - 1853) A fugitive from slavery in Alexandria, Virginia, Cooper arrived in Nantucket with his family in 1820. Two years later, when a bounty hunter came to the island to capture him, Nantucket Quakers came to the family’s defense, thwarting the owner’s efforts to reclaim Arthur Cooper. Cooper worked as a shipping agent on the island and later became the first known minister of the Zion Methodist Episcopal Church.
Jo Ann Robinson (4/17/1912 - 8/29/1992) was a leading organizer in the Montgomery Bus Boycott following the arrest of Rosa Parks. Mrs. Robinson served on the executive board of the Montgomery Improvement Association but otherwise kept a low profile in order to protect her teaching position at Alabama State College which she later resigned in support of student sit-ins. Her memoir, “The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It,” was published in 1987. #TodayInBlackHistory
Vivian Gordon Harsh 1890-1960 was the 1st African American librarian in Chicago Public Library system -a significant contributor to Chicago's Black Renaissance. 1932 she was appointed head librarian of the George Cleveland Hall Branch, the city’s 1st library built in an African American community. During her career, Harsh developed a black history collection that would become a world-renowned resource for residents & scholars.