1. James Beckwourth, Pioneer, fur trader, a scout with the Rocky Mount Fur Co. In 1824 he was adopted the Crow Indian Nation and married a Crow woman. He was given two Indian names “Bloody Arm” and “Bulls Robe” and fought many wars with them. He later moved West and discovered Beckwourth Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
2. James Augustine Healy, First Black Roman Catholic Bishop in the U.S.
3. Ivan Dixon, actor, director, and producer best known for his series role in the 1960ssitcom Hogan’s Heroes, for his role in the 1967 telefilm The Final War of Olly Winter, and for directing hundreds of episodes of television series. Active in the Civil Rights Movement, he served as a president of Negro Actors for Action.
4. Billy Dee Williams, Actor, singer, and writer, best known for his role in movies such as “Mahogany” and two “Star Wars” sequels”