May 2: Adolph Libaire

May 2: Adolph Libaire was born on this date in 1840. He earned the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Antietam, Maryland, when, as a captain in the 9th New York, he seized the regimental flag, after all 8 men of the color guard had been shot down, and led his men forward against the Confederate position.

May 1: Cornelius Garrison

May 1: On this date in 1885, Cornelius Garrison died. He who was elected the reform mayor of San Francisco in 1853 and championed an “African” school to educate blacks, advocated giving blacks the vote, introduced a city beautification program, and brought gas lights to the streets.