The original War of 1812 Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our national anthem, is among the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington

The original War of 1812 Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that would become our national anthem. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington

The first known photograph of the Star-Spangled Banner, taken June 21, 1873. The family of Maj. George Armistead gave the Star-Spangled Flag to the Smithsonian in 1912. - The most beloved flag of all | Deseret News

known photograph of the original "Star Spangled Banner." In 1873 the massive banner was being celebrated at Boston Navy Yard." Credit: The American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture - THE BLACK POWER SALUTE Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised black-gloved fists when the United States national anthem was played during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

A curated walk through the hallways of the newest Smithsonian museum before it opens next week. 13 years in the making, it attempts to depict the pain and pride of the black experience in America.

13.) The child KKK member touches his reflection in an African American officer's riot shield during a 1992 demonstration.

A small white boy touches the riot shield of a black state trooper at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Atlanta, Georgia, 1992 Hard to believe this was taken Raising children in hate.

Frederick Fritz Pollard by Black History Album, via Flickr| First African American head coach in the NFL

Frederick Fritz Pollard ~ Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard (January 1894 – May was the first Black American head coach in the National Football League (NFL). Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the first two Black American players in the NFL in

A. Lincoln showing Sojourner Truth the Bible presented by colored people of Baltimore, Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 1864

Lincoln and Sojourner Truth read in a photo of Franklin C. Courter’s “Lincoln Showing Sojourner Truth the Bible Presented Him by the Colored People of Baltimore.” Only black and white images of the painting remain, the original was destroyed in a fire.

Do you love hiking? Do you enjoy ghost stories? Grab a hiking buddy and hit these top haunted trails across the country.

The Scariest Haunted Hiking Trails in the U.S.

Bloody Lane, Antietam National Battlefield - In September of 1862 soldiers were killed in what was the bloodiest one-day battle in American History. Phantom gunfire, shouting and singing has been reported in the area known as "Bloody Lane".

Historic photographs from around the world…

Historic photographs from around the world…

Real History in real pictures - amazing. History is always about real people who experienced real events.

The guillotine blade that was used to behead Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution on 16 October 1793. The blade is on display at Madame Tussauds in London.

The guillotine blade that beheaded French queen Marie Antoinette on display at Madame Tussauds London.

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