By Shomari Wills
The fantastic untold heritage of America’s first black millionaires—former slaves who persevered magnificent demanding situations to acquire and preserve their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian interval to the Roaring Twenties—self-made marketers whose unknown luck reflected that of yank company heroes reminiscent of Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison.
While Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Michael Jordan, and should Smith are one of the envisioned 35,000 black millionaires within the state at the present time, those recognized celebrities weren't the 1st blacks to arrive the storied one percentage. among the years of 1830 and 1927, because the final iteration of blacks born into slavery used to be achieving adulthood, a small staff of clever, tenacious, and bold women and men broke new floor to achieve the top degrees of economic success.
Black Fortunes is an interesting examine those awesome members, together with Napoleon Bonaparte Drew—author Shomari Wills’ great-great-great-grandfather—the first black guy in Powhatan County (contemporary Richmond) to possess estate in post-Civil conflict Virginia. His achievements have been matched through 5 different unknown black marketers including:
- Mary Ellen friendly, who used her Gold Rush wealth to additional the reason for abolitionist John Brown;
- Robert Reed Church, who turned the biggest landowner in Tennessee;
- Hannah Elias, the mistress of a brand new York urban millionaire, who used the land her lover gave her to construct an empire in Harlem;
- Orphan and self-taught chemist Annie Turnbo-Malone, who constructed the 1st nationwide model of hair care products;
- Madam C. J Walker, Turnbo-Malone’s worker who could earn the nickname America’s "first woman black millionaire;"
- Mississippi college instructor O. W. Gurley, who constructed a bit of Tulsa, Oklahoma, right into a "town" for filthy rich black execs and craftsmen" that may turn into referred to as "the Black Wall Street."
A clean, little-known bankruptcy within the nation’s story—A combination of Hidden Figures, Titan, and The Tycoons—Black Fortunes illuminates the start of the black enterprise titan and the emergence of the black industry in the US as by no means before.
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Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills