These Historical Figures Were Black?!

October 22, 2014  |  
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US Currency Ten Dollar Bill Close Up View

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The Man On The $10 Bill

For Back history buffs, it’s really all about the Hamiltons. Alexander Hamilton isn’t just the man on the $10 bill, he was the United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury.

Born in the small Caribbean island of Nevis, Hamilton’s mother, Rachel Fawcett Lavain, was said to be of “mixed blood” and his father was the son of a Scottish Duke. Alexander’s older brother was dark-skinned and treated as black. But Alexander was light enough to pass and went on to establish the first national bank in the American colonies, founded the U.S. mint and wrote most of the Federalist Papers.

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