On September 26, 1937 blues legend Bessie Smith died of injuries sustained in a wreck on Highway 61 near Clarksdale MS. Memphis surgeon Hugh Smith was first on the scene and later denied rumors she had been taken to a whites-only hospital. Her funeral at the O.V. Cato Elks Lodge in Philadelphia was attended by 7000 mourners. She was in an unmarked grave until Janis Joplin and Juanita Green bought a headstone in 1970.
On September 26, 1968 the Studio Museum of Harlem was founded in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, New York. It is the first such museum in the United States devoted to the art of African-Americans, specializing in 19th and 20th century work as well work of artists of African descent. The scope of the Studio Museum includes exhibitions, Artists-in-Residence program, education and public programming, a permanent collection, and archival and research facilities.
|Emily Perez, the highest-ranking black and Hispanic female cadet in corps' history. Perez, 23, was buried|
at West Point military academy September 26, 2006 two weeks after she was killed by a bomb in Iraq
|MIchelle Obama attends the first Presidential debate on September 26, 2008.|
|Stephani Jo Swanigan, Miss Bronze California, Visits Set of Viva Las Vegas|
Jet Magazine, September 26, 1963
|"We will not hesitate to either kill or die for our freedom"|
The Black Panther Party (September 26, 1970)
|History and Heritage of African-American Churches by L.H. Whelchel.|
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