A Slow Walk up Wall Street for Blacks
Few Americans know that black slaves helped build the wall after which Wall Street -- the narrow thoroughfare that cuts through New York's financial district -- is named, says author Gregory Bell in his book, In the Black: A History of African Americans on Wall Street (John Wiley & Sons, 2002). The log wall that the Dutch had raised in the mid-17th century to fend of the British is long gone. But history confirms the early involvement of blacks in shaping Wall Street, Bell says.
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