July 22, 2024              Celebrate Black History Everyday!    

July 22

James Varick, the first AME Zion Bishop, died in New York on this date in 1827.

Abraham Lincoln read the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet on this date in 1862.

Francis Louis Cardozo, South Carolina's first black Secretary of State, died in Washington, DC, on this date in 1903.

Caterina Jarboro was the first black person to perform with an American opera company. Jarboro was a featured performer in Aida on this date in 1933. She also starred in Shuffle Along (1921) and Running Wild (1923).

Jane Matilda Bolin, a New York attorney, became the first black woman to receive the appointment of Judge in the New York City Court of Domestic Relations on this date in 1939.

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