February 14, 2016

Saturday Open Thread: Black Nurses Who Changed the Course of History

Mary Jane Seacole (1805-1881), Jamaican born British Crimean War nurse, portrait. Also known as Mother Seacole.     Date: C.1850s

Mary Jane Seacole (23 November 1805 – 14 May 1881), née Grant, was a Jamaican-born woman of Scottish and Creole descent who set up a "British Hotel" behind the lines during the Crimean War, which she described as "a mess-table and comfortable … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: African American Military Heroes


Good Morning POU! Today's featured honoree was a United States Army Captain and the first African-American commissioned officer to receive the Medal of Honor. Riley L. Pitts Riley Leroy Pitts was born in Fallis, Oklahoma. He attended … [Read more...]

Friday Open Thread: African American Military Heroes


TGIF POU! Today's featured heroes all received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Civil War. "Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder … [Read more...]

Thursday Open Thread: African American Military Heroes


Good Morning POU! Today's Medal of Honor hero was also an honoree as "Badass of the Week" for his bravery in Vietnam. Charles C. Rogers Charles Rogers joined the U.S. Army through the Army ROTC program at West Virginia State College (now … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: African American Military Heroes


Good Morning POU! Today's featured hero was a honoree on the "Badass of the Week" site that is dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. Dwight Hal Johnson Johnson was born on May 7, 1947, and lived in the E. J. Jeffries Homes, in Detroit, … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: African American Military Heroes


Good Morning POU! We continue honoring our Medal of Honor recipients. Today's honoree was a member of the famed 761st Tank Battalion during World War II. Read more about "Black Panthers" as they were called, in the POU archives here. Ruben … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: African American Military Heroes


Good Morning POU! Today is Memorial Day and this week we will feature African American soldiers awarded the highest military honor, the Medal of Honor. This is our second feature of military heroes. You can revisit the first series by … [Read more...]