So get ready for an obscure black history fact a day, because we all know about MLK, Rosa Parks and Malcolm X.
I want to introduce you guys to Philippa Schuyler:
Given the current Hamilton craze, I thought you guys might enjoy this one. Philippa was the daughter of one George Schuyler, a black essayist, and Josephine Cogdell, a white model. Her great-great-grandfather is believed to be a black soldier who worked for Philip Schuyler (yes, Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law) and adopted his last name.
It is reported that Philippa could read and write as early as age 2 and was composing music at the age of 5. She was so talented that the New York mayor at the time would visit her home just to hear her play. She began touring in her adolescent years, but became disillusioned with music when she discovered her parents set out to see if a prodigy could be created.
As she grew older she became more aware of the racial and gender stereotypes she encountered in the US and spent more of her time playing overseas. In her 30s she gave up music entirely to join her father in the journalism field. She was a vocal feminist and never married.
While traveling to Vietnam as a war correspondent, the helicopter she was a passenger on went on a mission to rescue Vietnamese orphans. Unfortunately, it crashed into the sea. Although Philippa survived the initial crash, she could not swim and drowned. She was 35.
The Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York is dedicated to preserving her memory.
Alexander and Eliza had 8 children. One of them was named Angelica.
Speaking of Angelica, she actually eloped with her husband to England. Maybe she did love him a little bit.
The Schuyler sisters were 3 of 14 Schuyler children, 8 who lived to adulthood. Angelica’s father did in fact have sons.
Maria Reynolds eventually divorced her husband. And get this, her attorney was Aaron Burr.
Angelica’s son Phillip worked for Alexander Hamilton as an aide-de-camp.
Once upon a time, a bunch of Tories and Native Americans broke into the Schuyler mansion, intending to seize the Schuyler sisters’ father. Everyone, including Angelica and Eliza, who were both pregnant, ran upstairs, but they forgot a baby downstairs, so Peggy went to get the baby and got confronted by the group. She scared off the group of Tories and Native Americans, but she did get a tomahawk thrown at her.
Angelica’s son named a town after her. Best mother’s day gift ever.
Eliza and Alexander adopted a two-year-old girl whose mother had died and who lived with them until she was 12 and went to go live with her sister.
Eliza lost both of her parents, Alexander, her son, and Angelica all within a 4 year period. She outlived all of her siblings except the youngest.
After Alexander died, Eliza made James Monroe apologize for his accusations of financial speculation against Alexander.
Here’s my contribution for Valentine’s Day. It’s a bit late but, eh. Have some modern Hameliza (ft. Ham desperately trying to woo Eliza and succeeding) :3 I drew Ham with Lin’s new look ‘cuz it looks better on him ^w^
I was also inspired to do this with Galactibun’s new animatic (which is real cute, btw. Anthony is such a cyoot X3)
what she means: in stay alive (reprise) the drum beats represent philip’s heartbeat - when the drum beat ends, so does his life. also, when he says “mom, i’m so sorry for forgetting what you taught me” it was counting - eliza had taught him to count. he thought he’d forgotten to count, and that that’s why george shot him on the count of 7 - he thought it was his fault and that he had counted wrong. also, while we’re on the fact that george shot philip on the count of ‘7′, let’s mention that philip died while he was on the count of seven, when he was reciting french on his deathbed. philip hamilton did not deserve to die.