Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
TitleStrange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGill, Joel Christian, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Number of Pages172
PublisherFulcrum Publishing
CityGolden, CO
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISBN or ASIN Number1938486293
KeywordsAfrican-American History, Short Stories
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Strange Fruit, Volume I is a collection of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity. This unique graphic anthology offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books. Among the stories included are: Henry "Box" Brown, who escaped from slavery by mailing himself to Philadelphia; Alexander Crummel and the Noyes Academy, the first integrated school in America, established in the 1830s; Marshall "Major" Taylor, a.k.a. the Black Cyclone, the first black champion in any sport; and Bass Reeves, the most successful lawman in the Old West. Written and illustrated by Joel Christian Gill, the diverse art beautifully captures the spirit of each remarkable individual and opens a window into an important part of American history.