Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $29.00
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Author Shomari Wills explores the astonishing untold history of America’s first black millionaires—former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties—self-made entrepreneurs whose unknown success mirrored that of American business heroes such as Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison.
Wills discusses this fresh, little-known chapter in the nation’s history which illuminates the birth of the black business titan and the emergence of the black marketplace in America as never before.