R. D. Ruffin
Original Author: Unknown
Created: September 13, 1913
Medium: Printed photograph

R. D. Ruffin

R. D. Ruffin is the subject of this photograph from the September 13, 1913, edition of the Chicago Defender, an African American weekly newspaper. Ruffin is identified in the article as a prominent businessman and as a colonel, a reference to his having organized a volunteer regiment of African Americans to fight in the Spanish-American War. (The unit never actually participated in any service.)