This Day in History

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Feb. 8, 1968: Orangeburg Massacre

Two years before the Kent State murders, 28 students were injured and three were killed in Orangeburg, South Carolina — most shot in the back by the state police while involved in a peaceful protest.
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Racism & Racial Identity
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Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery

Jan. 30, 1884: Couple Reunited During Reconstruction

During the Reconstruction Era, people emancipated from slavery searched for their loved ones throughout the United States and Canada. They often used "last seen" ads. This is one case of successful reunification.
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Slavery and Resistance
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Jan. 28, 1917: The Bath Riots

A protest of the toxic chemical "baths" required for all workers coming across the U.S.-Mexico border, led by 17-year-old Carmelita Torres.
Themes: Immigration, Latinx, Women's History
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