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Earthquake Devastates Port Royal, Jamaica

In the 17th century, Port Royal was the capital of Jamaica and a popular place for pirates to bring and spend their treasure, earning the city a seedy reputation. On June 7, 1692, a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit the city, causing two-thirds of it to sink into the Caribbean Sea. Between 1,000 and 3,000 people—more than half of the city's population—were killed in the disaster. What nickname have archaeologists given the city?



The Black Obelisk

The most complete Assyrian obelisk yet discovered, the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III is a black limestone Neo-Assyrian bas-relief sculpture. Found in 1846 in what is now northern Iraq, the sculpture was originally erected as a public monument in 825 BCE, at a time of civil war. It features 20 reliefs depicting 5 kings bringing tribute and prostrating before the Assyrian king. The obelisk is particularly significant because it contains the earliest surviving image of a member of what kingdom?

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Gwendolyn Brooks

Brooks was an award-winning poet whose poems, written in a variety of forms, deal with the experience of being black and often of being female in America. Her 1949 book of poetry, Annie Allen, received a Pulitzer Prize, the first ever awarded to an African American. In 1994, she was named the National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecturer, one of the highest honors in the American literary world. How old was Brooks when her first poem was published?

Last updated on Monday, 8th June 2009

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