Having worked to integrate lunch counters and the public library, Roscoe Jones stood ready to go to work when Freedom Summer volunteers arrived in Meridian, MS. He was at the office for the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), when word arrived that Cheney, Goodman, and Schwerner had gone missing. Today, he hopes to preserve buildings in Meridian that tell the story of the movement. "Freedom Summer" premiers June 24, 2014.
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.
Men and women, black and white, risked their lives to carve an elaborate network of escape routes out of slavery.
A civil rights leader in Harlem before entering politics, Powell was one of the most charismatic black leaders of the 20th century.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
The coal miners' battle for dignity led to the largest armed insurrection since the American Civil War.
The internationally famous carnival of delights in New York was the birthplace of the hot dog and the roller coaster.
Head of the most powerful family in America, billionaire John D. Rockefeller's vast philanthropy changed his family's reputation.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.