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Flint Whitlock

the first African American commercial passenger airline pilot, was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, the son of McKinley Green, a domestic servant for a wealthy El Dorado dentist and oilman, and Lucy Longmyre. In 1944, due to the influence of a charismatic priest, the five Green siblings, with the exception of one brother, converted from Baptism to Roman Catholicism. Green later earned a scholarship to complete his senior year of high school at the Xavier Preparatory School, affiliated with Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

At Xavier Prep Green did well academically graduating at the top of his class His goal was to attend Epiphany Apostolic College a Josephite seminary in Newburgh on the Hudson New York and study for the priesthood However during his first semester he was wrongly diagnosed with a medical condition and was dismissed from the school Seeking a new direction for his ...


Anthony Gerzina

freed black slave, New England property owner, and husband of Lucy Terry, is thought to have been born in or near Wallingford, Connecticut, near New Haven. He was the slave of the Reverend Benjamin Doolittle, and accompanied Doolittle and his wife, Lydia Todd, from Connecticut to Northfield, Massachusetts, in early 1718, when Doolittle, after graduating from Yale, was named minister of that town. Based on what is known of other nearby towns, the nature of Prince's years in Northfield can be surmised. Northfield, in the Connecticut River Valley just south of the modern Vermont border, was then a small frontier town. Originally settled in 1673, it was abandoned soon afterward, following strife with the native population during King Philip's War. Resettlement began around 1685, but in 1718 it held perhaps only a dozen households none of which owned slaves Although slaveholding ...


Sara Bruya

soldier whose dishonorable discharge became a rallying point for opponents of President Teddy Roosevelt, was born in Marion, South Carolina. Little is known about his parents or early life, but he may have worked as a cotton hand before enlisting in the army on 16 May 1881.

Like many African American men of his time, Sanders benefited from an 1866 Act of Congress, which authorized two cavalry and four infantry regiments within the Regular Army to “be composed of colored men,” giving blacks a permanent place within the Armed Forces of the United States. The Twenty-fifth Infantry division was stationed in Louisiana and Texas for over a decade before it was transferred to Fort Randall in the Department of Dakota and later to Fort Missoula (Montana) in May 1888. In 1896 Lieutenant James A. Moss commander of the Twenty fifth Infantry organized a bicycle corps at ...