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Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration marking the beginning of the new year, a time of wishes for health, prosperity, and good times ahead. It begins February 9 on the Western Calendar.

Islamic New Year
Islamic New Year is celebrated on the first day of Muharram, the first Islamic month. In 2005 on the Western Calendar, the New Year is February 10.

The Underground Railroad: Cloaked Gateway to Freedom
The Underground Railroad is a catch-all term that refers to any of a large number of methods that American slaves and those sympathetic to them used to help those enslaved in their flights to freedom before and during the American Civil War.

Josiah Henson: Model for Uncle Tom
One of the most important Black Americans in the history of the country was Frederick Douglass. An escaped slave, he made a name for himself in the North, eventually finding his calling in public speaking. Find out more about this outspoken foe of slavery.

Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth was one of the most powerful advocates the abolitionist and women's movements ever had. Tall with a commanding presence about her, she worked tirelessly for both the end of slavery and the beginning of new rights for women.

The 54th Massachusetts
This all-African-American regiment bravely stormed an impregnable fort during the Civil War, proving to its white officers and the Union Army that Black soldiers had just as much courage as their white counterparts. In particular, the story of Sgt. William Carney stands out as an example of heroism: Multiple gunshot wounds could not keep him from carrying the American flag into and then out of battle.