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The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed | An Online Reference Guide to African American History by Professor Quintard Taylor, University of Washington

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African American History Timeline: 1801-1900

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African Americans in the West Timeline

 

Year Events SubjectCountryStateEra

1802 The Ohio Constitution outlaws slavery. It also prohibits free blacks from voting.  01-01 Antebellum Slavery

United States

Ohio

1801-1900

1802 James Callender claims that Thomas Jefferson has for many years past kept, as his concubine, one of his own slaves, Sally Hemings. His charge is published in the Richmond Recorder that month, and the story is soon picked up by the Federalist press around the country. 01-02 Black Women

United States

Virginia

1801-1900

1803 On April 30, Louisiana is purchased from the French. The new territory nearly doubles the size of the United States. 04-30 U.S. Expansion

United States

District of Columbia

1801-1900

1804 Lemuel Haynes is the first African American to receive an honorary degree in U.S. history when Middlebury College awards him a Master"s Degree at its second commencement. 1804 Humanitarian Honors

United States

Vermont

1801-1900

1804 In 1804 the Ohio legislature passes the Ohio Black Codes and in doing so becomes the first non-slaveholding state to place restrictions exclusively on its African American residents.  1804 Racial Restrictions

United States

Ohio

1801-1900

1804-1806 The Lewis and Clark Expedition explores newly purchased Louisiana and the Pacific Northwest. An African American, York, is prominent in the expedition. 01-01 Exploration and Discovery

United States

Oregon

1801-1900

1807 New Jersey disfranchises black voters. 01-02 Black Politics

United States

New Jersey

1801-1900

1808 The United States government abolishes the importation of enslaved Africans when it enacts the Slave Importation Ban.  The ban, however, is widely ignored. Between 1808 and 1860, approximately 250,000 blacks are illegally imported

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