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The history of African-Americans in the Pensacola area is heavily intertwined with the history of the area itself.
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- April 1, 1867 – African-Americans in Pensacola, including recently emancipated slaves, vote for the first time.
- March 12, 1912 – Booker T. Washington visits Pensacola and speaks at the Opera House.
- May 21, 1973 – Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. is promoted to lieutenant general, then the highest ranking African-American in the U.S. military.
- February 24, 1975 – At demonstrations protesting the death of Wendel Blackwell, nearly 50 blacks (including H. K. Matthews and B. J. Brooks) are arrested by sheriff's deputies.
- May 10, 1983 – In the first city election since a federal voting rights lawsuit, African-Americans were elected to three seats on the Pensacola City Council.