17 Unsung Heroes Of Black History

Written by Julia Austin

Benjamin “Pap” Singleton

After the U.S. Civil War, most white landowners refused to sell land to blacks at fair prices. A Tennessee native and former slave, Singleton, along with his partner Columbus Johnson, founded settlements in Kansas and helped hundreds of out-of-home black Tennesseans move to the Midwest. He became known as the “Father of the Exodus” for his work in the Exoduster Movement of 1879.