Susie King Taylor: first African American army nurse; the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences; also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.
September 29, 1942, Captain Hugh Nathaniel Mulzac became the first African-American to command a Merchant Marine ship. He became Captain of the SS Booker T. Washington, which was the first liberty ship to be name after an African American.
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Top 10 African-American Heroes They Forgot To Tell You About In High School - Cailloux was one of the first African-American officers in the Union Army to be killed during the Civil War. Accounts of his heroism were widely circulated in the press, and he was often cited as an example to persuade more African-American enlist in the US Army.
Top 10 African-American Heroes They Forgot To Tell You About In High School
Top 10 African-American Heroes They Forgot To Tell You About In High School - He became the first African-American to be awarded the US Navy Cross. Miller was killed in 1943, when his new ship, the USS Liscome Bay was struck by a Japanese torpedo in the Pacific.
Photo: Ida B. Wells, by Mary Garrity, c. 1893. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “4 African American Women Heroes.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/4-african-american-women-heroes.html
Illustration: WWII war bonds poster featuring a Tuskegee Airman, 1943. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “African American Heroes: Tuskegee Airmen.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/african-american-heroes-tuskegee-airmen.html
Though born into slavery Biddy Mason gained freedom for herself and her children in 1856. Only ten years later she had saved enough money to purchase property, making her the first African American woman to own land in Los Angeles. A nurse and midwife by profession, she helped found the first elementary school for African American children in Los Angeles,