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SOME NOTED NEGROES OF THE PAST.
Besides the men and women fairly well known to the per-
son of average information by reason of their appearance,
more or less fully and frequently, in the pages of history or
current literature, there are characters not a few deserving of
public presentation, whose names are hidden away in fugitive
pamphlets, old books out of circulation, or in the memories
of contemporaries still alive, but soon to pass because of age.
These names ought to be preserved to history and to the Negro.
race, for it is not so rich in heroic personalities that it can af-
ford to let one pass from existence for lack of a biographer, or
at least an index finger pointing to the place in some musty
corner of an old library where the facts can be found.
The names of men like Douglass in America, Dumas in
France, or Toussaint L'Ouverture in Hayti, are safely his-
tory's; there are others full worthy of an equally honorable,
if not an equally illustrious, page, from whom the obscuration
of the studied silence of Caucasian book-makers must be
It has been said, and is to a degree true, that the Negro