Famous 19th Century Civil Rights Activists

Find out more about the greatest 19th Century Civil Rights Activists, including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, William Lloyd Garrison and Paul Robeson.

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 1 W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois.
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activists
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, and Pan-Africanist. Du Bois played an instrumental role in fighting for full civil rights for people of color around the world. A co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Du Bois also played an important role as the leader of the Niagara Movement.

 2 Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass.
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Famous As: American orator
Birthdate: February 1, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Talbot County, Maryland, U.S
Died: February 20, 1895

Social reformer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass was a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. Born into slavery, he had a difficult early life. Eventually, he managed to escape and dedicated the rest of his life to promoting the cause of abolition. He was a great orator and writer.

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 3 Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 16, 1862
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holly Springs, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 25, 1931
Civil rights and women's rights activist Ida B. Wells is remembered for speaking up against the lynching of Blacks in the U.S. She was born a slave and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. She later co-founded the NAACP. She also co-owned and wrote for Memphis Free Speech and Headlight.

 4 Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson.
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Famous As: Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, U.S
Died: January 23, 1976

Singer and actor, Paul Robeson, was as much known for his music and films as he was for his political activism. As a black man who had to endure great difficulties to establish himself, he was actively involved in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. As a performer, he was a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

 5 Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
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Famous As: Women’s Rights Activist
Birthdate: November 12, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johnstown
Died: October 26, 1902

 6 William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison.
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: December 12, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newburyport
Died: May 24, 1879

 7 A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph.
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Famous As: Leader of the African-American civil-rights movement,
Birthdate: April 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crescent City
Died: May 16, 1979
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 8 James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida
Died: June 26, 1938

 9 Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone.
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Famous As: Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 13, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Brookfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died: October 19, 1893

 10 Edith Cowan

Edith Cowan.
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Famous As: Social Campaigner
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geraldton, Australia
Died: June 9, 1932

Edith Cowan was an Australian social reformer best remembered for serving as a member of parliament; she was the first Australian woman to do so. She is also remembered for working for the welfare and rights of children and women. In recognition of her contribution, Cowan has been depicted on Australia's fifty-dollar note since 1995.

 11 Anna Julia Cooper

Anna Julia Cooper.
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Famous As: Author, Educator
Birthdate: August 10, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Died: February 27, 1964

 12 Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell.
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 23, 1863
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: July 24, 1954

 13 Matilda Joslyn Gage

Matilda Joslyn Gage.
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Famous As: Abolitionist, Freethinker, Author
Birthdate: March 24, 1826
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cicero
Died: March 18, 1898

 14 Yun Posun

Yun Posun
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Famous As: President
Birthdate: August 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dunpo-myeon, Asan-si, South Korea
Died: July 18, 1990

 15 Prudence Crandall

Prudence Crandall.
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Famous As: Connecticut's official State Heroine
Birthdate: September 3, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rhode Island
Died: January 28, 1890

 16 Andreas Hofer

Andreas Hofer
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Famous As: Tirolean leader
Birthdate: November 22, 1767
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: near Sankt Leonhard, Italy
Died: February 20, 1810
Andreas Hofer, a Tyrolean innkeeper and drover, became Tyrolean Rebellion leader against the revolutionary Napoleonic invasion during the War of the Fifth Coalition. Still venerated as a folk hero, freedom fighter, and Austrian patriot, Hofer was captured near his home and executed by a firing squad in 1810. His biopic, Andreas Hofer, a German silent film, was made in 1929.

 17 Alexander Crummell

Alexander Crummell
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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: March 3, 1819
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 10, 1898

Alexander Crummell was an African-American minister, African nationalist, and academic. He studied at the University of Cambridge with the support of abolitionists and developed the concepts of pan-Africanism while studying at the university. He worked towards educating Africans and spent 20 years in Liberia. He is also credited with founding St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

 18 E. D. Nixon

E. D. Nixon
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: July 12, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: February 25, 1987

 19 Lyda D. Newman

Lyda D. Newman
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1885 AD
Birthplace: Ohio, United States

 20 Maria Weston Chapman

Maria Weston Chapman
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: July 25, 1806
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 12, 1885

 21 Emmett Matthew Hall

Emmett Matthew Hall
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: November 29, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Colomban, Canada
Died: November 12, 1995

Considered father of the Canadian Medicare system, Emmett Matthew Hall was an eminent lawyer, jurist and civil libertarian. Beginning his career as a private practitioner, he eventually retired as the Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Meanwhile, appointed as the chairman of the Royal Commission on Health Services, he recommended the creation of a universal health care system.

 22 Elizabeth Rous Comstock

Elizabeth Rous Comstock
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Famous As: Social reformer
Birthdate: October 30, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maidenhead, England
Died: August 3, 1891