by Ernest Hilbert on 22/04/10 at 9:59 am
All of these men have been claimed as the first black man to attend West Point, some erroneously, of course. So we had to read up to find out what the real story was, and we found out that the real story behind these guys is very very interesting. Check it out.
1. Charles Young: Appointed 1884, he was the third black man to graduate from West Point.
1. John Hanks Alexander: Second black man to graduate from West Point. Suffered much harassment while there. Nevertheless served honorably, but died at age 30 due to “apoplexy”. Appointed 1883.
1. Johnson C. Whittaker: Expelled due to trumped up charges. He was the only black cadet for much of his time there. Appointed 1876
1. Henry Ossian Flipper: Graduated 1877!!! First Black man to graduate from West Point, and first Black man serving as a commissioned officer in the U.S. military. But then a few years later was dishonorably discharged from the army due to trumped up charges. Appointed 1873.
1. James Webster Smith: Expelled on trumped up charges. Appointed 1870.
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