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
Portrait of Goyathlay (One Who Yawns), called Geronimo, Medicine Man, Prophet and Leader, with Medal. Part of Athapascan, Chiricahua and Apache Tribes. Photographer: Delancey W. Gill From the Smithsonian Institution. Bureau of Ethnology: Native American Portrait Photographs, 1907 Collection Care of the Wisconsin Historical Society archives http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/