Did you know that some historians estimate as many as one in four cowboys were black? In the American West, much of the work of raising cattle was performed by black Americans, both before and after the abolition of slavery, and many of the most famous tropes of the American cowboy may have their roots in the stories of black cattle workers.
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Did you know that at one point, Benin City, capital city of the pre-colonial Kingdom of Benin, boasted a network of earthen walls longer than the Great Wall of China?
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In the early 1700s, an African slave in Boston named Onesimus saved generations by sharing with his master Cotton Mather, an influential minister, a revolutionary way to prevent smallpox.
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