"First Black Graduate of West Point" GHM-136-6- Thomas Co.
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N 30° 50.686 W 083° 59.277
17R E 214229 N 3416221
Quick Description: Cemetery Located at at E. Jerger and N. Madison, Thomasville, Ga.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/23/2009 7:49:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM72HB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
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Long Description:
Henry Ossian Flipper was born a slave in Thomasvill on March 21, 1836. On June 14, 1877, he became the first black man to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. N.Y. He served with distinction during the Indian Wars in Texas and the Indian Territory.
In 1882 he was court martialed and unjustly dismissed from the Army. He was fully exonerated in 1976. And all military honors were posthumously returned. After leaving the Army. Flipper pursued a career in business and government service that lasted nearly fifty years. His span of activites, many the first for a black man, Included inventor,surveyor,cartographer,civil and mining engineer,author,newspaper editor,special agent for the U.S. Justice Department, assistant to the Secretary of the Interior, and pioneer in the nations oil industry. Henry O. Flipper died in Atlanta on April 26, 1940 abd was buried in an unmarked grave. On February 11, 1978, he was interred here with full military honors.
Type of Marker: Park

Marker #: 136-6

Date: 1989

Sponsor: Georgia Historical Comission

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