George A. Jones (1870-1951) In 1894, George A. Jones became the first African American mail carrier in the city of Scranton. This may sound like a trivial occupation to some folks, but this was just three decades after the slavery was abolished. To put it in perspective, 56.8% of the African American populations in the [...]
THIS DAY IN HISTORY- Dec 20, 1894, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Teenage boy named John Bird was tortured and falsely accused of murder. The assailants, two bigoted detectives assumed the worse of this black boy. According to this article published in the Scranton Tribune, "the boy knew nothing and says they hauled him up twice for several [...]
The Black Scranton Project is pleased to announce the launch of a new art venture with a pop-up show. This debut art exhibition will feature the works of emerging local Artists of Color among whom are talented contemporary painters, mixed media, and digital artists.
We encourage you to comment, and share this photo. We would like to identify these children, who are now many years into adulthood. Some of these folks may still reside in the Scranton area. For that reason we would love to a first hand reminiscence to this photograph.
After being hit by a train, five-year-old Albert Turner was taken to the Lackawanna Hospital for surgery. Due to the severity of the incident, the little Albert's arm was amputated. During his recovery in the hospital the asked his doctor he could have a new arm-a white one. The little boy was offered the possibility of a prosthetic limb, but refused to accept unless the artificial arm was of a white complexion.
Jackson Merryweather (1847 - 1909) Written & Published by Glynis M. Johns
Glynis Johns is a 25-year-old native Scrantonian, Sociologist, Historian, and Professor. She is invested in creating, sharing, and remembering a historical narrative that accurately and holistically depicts Black life in Scranton, Pennsylvania.