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 1. William Reuben Pettiford, Founded the Penny Savings Bank in Birmingham in 1890. It was the first black-owned and -operated financial institution in Alabama. Created as a necessity of de facto and later codified segregation, the bank backed and encouraged development of black businesses, especially in urban areas, as well as savings by African Americans, until its closing in 1915.  

 2. Huddie William Ledbetter (Leadbelly), Blues artist, was an iconic American folk and blues musician, notable for his strong vocals, his virtuosity on the 12-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced.  Cotton Fields

 3. Eva Jessye, Choral director for the first Broadway production of Porgy and Bess in 1935, internationally recognized poet, writer, artist, teacher, actress, performer and composer. 

 4. Earl Grant, Easy listening pianist, Hammond organist, and vocalist popular in the 1950s and 1960s.   Last Night

 5. Stacey Lauretta Dash actress,  made her name as one of the quintessential Beverly Hills princesses in “Clueless” (1995). After doing commercials as a child, Dash further honed her acting skills on TV in episodes of St. Elsewhere, The Cosby Show, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. After making her film debut in “Richard Pryor”‘s comedy “Moving” (1988).  

 6. Luther Tucker, Blues Artist, While soft spoken and shy, Tucker made his presence known through his unique and clearly recognizable guitar style. Tucker helped to define the music known as Chicago Blues, but played everything from blues to soul, rock, jazz and gospel.  Mean Old World 

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