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6 People of African Descent Who Made Major Contributions to Western Arts and Sciences


Alexander Pushkin  (1799-1837)

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin published his first poem at the age of 15, and was widely recognized by the literary establishment by the time of his graduation from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum.

Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow. His great-grandfather from his mother’s side, Abram Petrovitch Ganibal, was enslaved and brought over from Africa to Russia where he rose to become an aristocrat. Ganibal was the favored general of Peter the Great, highly proficient in mathematics, engineering, and cryptology and treated as a member of the royal family. Pushkin’s historical fiction “The Blackamoor of Peter the Great” is based on his great-grandfather.

Even though he was considered nobility, Pushkin often faced racism because of his African heritage. His jaded yet proud defense of his ancestry in “My Genealogy” is in response to racial slurs aimed at him by his critics.

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9 thoughts on “6 People of African Descent Who Made Major Contributions to Western Arts and Sciences

  1. Neil Nelson says:

    Great read!

  2. Russell Lawrence Benford says:

    Has there ever been a black musketeer depicted in the movies?

  3. Colin Johnson says:

    Definately you should read ab out his father.

  4. Colin Johnson says:

    Not sure if any of the musketeers were black but Dumas grandfather was some kickass general.

  5. Tamara Jiva says:

    His father was the general before settling into his role as count

  6. interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Jennifer White says:

    Interesting Read.

  8. Colin Johnson They were Moors of the 12 Tribes of Israel as Alexander Dumas was. Many of Napoleon's generals were Moors, get the book 100 Amazing fact about the Negroes, but most of all study THE HOLY BIBLE, that has been deliberately and unpurposely interpreted incorrectly to the masses for fear of THE TRUTH.

  9. Henry Castleberry says:

    All members of the Golden Race

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