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Bringing Black History to Life in the Great Outdoors

Author: Photographs by Chanell Stone | Text by Jame Edward Mills

Stone, Chanell, and James Edward Mills. “Bringing Black History to Life in the Great Outdoors.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 20 Sept. 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/09/20/multimedia/black-national-park-rangers.html.


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Christopher S (Sep 29 2021 9:33PM) : Captain Jack represents other people who were early inhabitants of national parks who were then outcasts [Edited] more Tags: carleton watkins, yosemite, native americans, writeout

The photo is attributed to Carleton Watkins too, who was one of the first photographers of Yosemite. Not sure of the story behind Captain Jack, but here’s the caption from Flickr Commons: Repository: California Historical Society

Collection: Photographic portraits of Modoc Indians of the Modoc War

Photographer: Heller, Louis Herman

Date: 1873

General note: Printed on mounts: I certify that L. Heller has this day taken the photographs of the above Modoc Indian prisoner under my charge. Capt. C.B. Throckmorton, 4th U.S. Artillery, Officer of the Day. I am cognizant of the above fact. Gen. Jeff. C. Davis, U.S.A.

General note: Photos were published by Carleton E. Watkins. Watkins’ Yosemite Art Gallery advertisement on verso.

Format: Carte de visite

Call Number: PC 006

Digital object ID: PC 006_01.jpg

Preferred citation: Captain Jack, Photographic portraits of Modoc Indians of the Modoc War, PC 006, courtesy, California Historical Society, PC 006_01.jpg

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Ella M (Sep 29 2021 9:39PM) : Here is a video of Mr.Johnson discussing black history month. There are several other videos of him speaking on that same channel. [Edited] more Tags: writeout

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Kevin H (Oct 03 2021 5:32AM) : Thank you for sharing this video

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Paul H (Sep 29 2021 9:28PM) : One can find some quick facts about the Buffalo Soldiers at this Smithsonian article from 2017: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-buffalo-soldiers-180964199/ [Edited] more Tags: writeout

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Jake J (Sep 29 2021 9:56PM) : The first female U.S. soldier? Cathay Williams was a young Buffalo Soldier who posed as a male for 2 years: https://www.historynet.com/buffalo-soldier-secret-life-must-hard-conceal.htm [Edited] more Tags: writeout

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Christopher S (Sep 30 2021 8:41AM) : “Black soldiers used military service as a strategy to obtain equal rights as citizens. Paradoxically, they sought to achieve this by engaging in government-led wars meant to overtake the Southwest and Great Plains from Native Americans.” [Edited] more

sad, complicated, tragic

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Christina C (Sep 29 2021 9:32PM) : An interview with a Buffalo Soldier from 2016. [Edited] more Tags: writeout

91 year old Harold Warren Jr. tells his son, Lee Warren, about serving as a “Buffalo Soldier” during WW II and his feelings about the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.

This interview was recorded in partnership with StoryCorps. Learn more at storycorps.org.

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Ella M (Sep 29 2021 9:34PM) : This situation calls back to a similar instance in US history wherein many Black Americans who served were denied (partially or in whole) their GI benefits [Edited] more Tags: writeout

A quick look at the GI Bill:

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Christina C (Sep 29 2021 9:50PM) : Knowing them are on vulnerable land, I am looking for related resources about the current work Gullah Geechee people are leading around climate change and rising sea levels. [Edited] more Tags: writeout

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Christina C (Sep 29 2021 9:39PM) : Important [Edited] more Tags: writeout

Important to support Ms. English in expanding what we know about Muir and how that story is told. What Black outdoor leaders can we also celebrate? Where are their houses? How might we visit them?

Here’s a start: Celebrating Black outdoor leaders

See John Muir’s Tormented Landscape
Why Conservation’s Original Sin Always Returns

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Rich N (Sep 29 2021 9:24PM) : We've been talking a lot about who has access to public lands. I didn't know this particular face of exclusionary history at national parks. [Edited] Tags: writeout
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