New Book Highlights Former Slaves Turned Entrepreneurs

A new book unearths the unsung stories of six African-Americans who escaped slavery and became successful entrepreneurs, the Philadelphia Tribune reported.

Dubbed Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires the book—which was penned by author and Morehouse graduate Shomari Wills—delves into the journeys of self-made Black men and women who created businesses in the 19th century and their contributions to changing the face of entrepreneurship.

Amongst those featured in the book include: Annie Turnbo Malone, a chemist who founded the first national hair care product line and hired Madam C.J. Walker to work for her brand; Mary-Ellen Pleasant, a civil rights activist; O.W. Gurley, who is credited for building the…

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