Civil Rights Timeline

By arrannn
  • First Slave Ship arrives

    First Slave Ship arrives
    The first slave ship, which only carried about 20 slaves, arrived in the Virginia Colony exchanging food and goods for slaves.
  • John Punch

    John Punch
    John Punch runs away. He is later caught and sentenced to be a slave for life. Two whites also ran away but were free of charge. John Punch is the first known slave for life.
  • Blacks can train in arms

    Blacks can train in arms
    Massachusetts reverses and earlier law stating that blacks are allowed to train with arms. It is no longer allowing them to use guns.
  • Slaves for life

    Slaves for life
    Virginia States that all important black slaves are slaves for life.
  • Rice Cultivation

    Rice Cultivation
    Rice cultivation is introduced to Carolina which increases the need for slaves drastically.
  • "Negro Act"

    "Negro Act"
    South Carolina passes the Negro Act which forbids slaves to move abroad, assemble in groups, raise food, earn money, and learn english. All violaters of this act were to be killed.
  • Blacks allowed to fight

    Blacks allowed to fight
    The first battles of the Revolutionary War begin at Lexington. Blacks are allowed to fight.
  • Cotton Gin

    Cotton Gin
    Eli Whitney invents the cotton gin making the value of slaves increase.
  • Underground Railroad

    Underground Railroad
    The Underground Railroad is officially established in Pennsyllvania.
  • Alexander Lucius Twilight

    Alexander Lucius Twilight
    Alexander gruduates from Middlebury College, making him the first black to graduate in the U.S.
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    Anti-Slavery Riots

    Race Riots break out in New York City, Philedelphia and other big cities across the U.S.
  • Last Slave Ship

    Last Slave Ship
    The last slave ship to import slaves into America lands in Mobile Bay, Alabama
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    The Civil War begins in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Lincoln issues the emancipation proclamation freeing all slaves in the rebellion.
  • Thirteenth Amendment

    Thirteenth Amendment
    The thirteenth amendment abolishes slavery throughout the country.
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    Freedman's Bureau

    The freedman's bureau "aided distressed refugees and freed slaves."
  • Fifteenth amendment

    Fifteenth amendment
    Fifteenth amendment is passed allowing black males to vote.
  • Ku Klux Klan

    Ku Klux Klan
    The KKK act is passed allowing government to punish where civil rights laws are not upheld.
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    Harlem Renaissance

    The Harlem Renaissance began and black people started to gain more freedom.
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    Martin Luther King Jr.

    The life of Martin Luther King. He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 by James Earl Ray.