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The Colored Cadet at West Point

The Colored Cadet at West Point
Alternate Title
Henry Ossian Flipper
Author
Henry Ossian Flipper, 21 Mar 1856 - 26 Apr 1940
Date
1878
Type
Book
Medium
Book
Dimensions
Book closed: 18.8 × 13.8 × 2.5 cm (7 3/8 × 5 7/16 × 1")
Book open: 18.8 × 24.5 cm (7 3/8 × 9 5/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.2018.82
Exhibition Label
Born Thomasville, Georgia
Henry O. Flipper took an early step toward racially integrating the armed services as the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy in 1877. Flipper described his challenges at the Academy in this autobiography, which includes a portrait of him in his West Point cadet’s uniform. He later supervised surveying and construction projects in Oklahoma and Texas while serving with the all-Black 10th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, the original “Buffalo Soldiers.” In 1977, West Point created an annual award in his honor, for a graduate demonstrating “perseverance in the face of unusual difficulties.”
Nacido en Thomasville, Georgia
Henry O. Flipper dio un paso temprano hacia la integración racial de las fuerzas armadas como primer afroamericano graduado de la Academia Militar de EE.UU. en 1877. Sus retos en la Academia están descritos en su biografía, que incluye un retrato suyo con el uniforme de cadete de West Point. Luego supervisó proyectos de agrimensura y construcción en Oklahoma y Texas con el 10o Regimiento de Caballería, compuesto enteramente de afroamericanos: los originales “Soldados Búfalo”. En 1977, West Point creó un premio anual en su honor para el graduando que haya demostrado “perseverancia ante dificultades extraordinarias”.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
2022 Rehang of Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900
On View
NPG, East Gallery 123
Exhibition
Reconstruction Gallery
On View
NPG, East Gallery 123