Culture by L.E. is a brand that is dedicated to highlighting the victorious contributions of native Alkebulan (African) ancestry, in The 757 area and beyond! Black heritage and culture is essential for family upbringing. Connecting with the true body of history is significant for self awareness. Learning and sharing elements of Black ancestry is a passion that is deeply connected to our core .
Culture by L.E. L.L.C. was established in 2020. Since then, information pertaining to Virginia's Black ancestral legacy and heritage has been gathered while making connections. The 2021 ,2022 and 2023 Virginia Natives Calendars were successfully released and is fulfilling its purpose! Clothing and unique gifts are available to purchase from our Souvenir Shop! That's not all, there is more awesomeness in store!
His leadership ended the Revolutionary War!
James Armistead joined the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and served in a leadership position as a spy. He represented himself as a runaway slave to the British Army, gathered information regarding their strategies, and delivered detailed handwritten reports to the Americans. James was so smooth with his work that he moved freely, without a shadow of a doubt from either end. His communication led to the British Army being blocked and stopped in Hampton, Virginia! The British eventually surrendered, hailing victory to America. Virginia's manumission law forced James back into slavery on the account of him being a spy instead of a soldier. A few years after the war, James petitioned the court for his freedom and won, adding Lafayette to his name afterwards. He traveled the world and was recognized as a hero! James Lafayette survived by his wife and children after passing away.
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Her intelligence led to the end of the Civil War!
Mary Bowser obtain an education in Pennsylvania upon being released from the bondage of slavery. She married Wilson Bowser and later operated as a union spy during the American Civil War. She arranged to pose as an illiterate slave in the Richmond, Virginia home of the president of the confederacy. Bowser's photographic memory and ability to perform undercover allowed for her to relay vital information to the Union Army, which contributed to the end of the American Civil War! She did a James Lafayette on them confederates!
Mrs. Bowser's whereabouts following the war are unknown.
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(The photo serves as a representation of Mary Bowser)
The Father of Black History!
Dr. Carter G. Woodson became a hallow vessel and dedicated his life to filling the empty vault of Black History. In 1926, Black History week became a thing! "Negro History Week" began as a tribute during the second week of February, while implementing Black History into American culture. He expanded his traveling engagements through the United States and Europe, to retain primary sources of information, and had them placed in the manuscript division of the library of congress, which is accessible to be used in this day and time. In 1933, The Miseducation of the Negro was published, which is one of Dr. Woodson's most acclaimed books. In 1968, San Francisco State College incorporated a Black History Studies Department in the institution after a five month long protest for an expansion of cultural studies to include Black History.
In 1970, the Black United Students and Black Educators at Kent State in Ohio, expanded in the area of cultural diversity and began their annual celebration of Black history month.
Black History Month has been acknowledged nation wide since 1976. Dr. Carter G. Woodson is a replication of living on purpose. His everlasting diligence for recovering the lost history of Black heritage and preserving it serves as a tremendous credit of paying it forward.
Photo Credit: Wisconsin State Senator. Lena Taylor
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