George Franklin Grant (September 15, 1846 – August 21, 1910) was the first African-American professor at Harvard. He was also a Boston dentist, and an inventor of a wooden golf tee. He was born on September 15, 1846, in Oswego, New York, to Phillis Pitt and Tudor Elandor Grant.
Before the wooden golf tee was invented, golfers would carry around buckets of sand and build a pile of sand before each shot. This, however, became time-consuming and messy, causing Grant to ponder a solution to the problem. Grant consequently invented the wooden golf tee, used to replace the mound of sand.
He entered the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1868, and graduated in 1870. He then took a position in the department of mechanical dentistry in 1871, making him Harvard University’s first African-American faculty member.
He was a founding member and later the president of the Harvard Odontological Society and was a member of the Harvard Dental Alumni Association where he was elected president in 1881. #blackhistoryfacts#blackhistory#Boston 1 of 2
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Atlanta entrepreneur Michael R. Hollis- Hollis in 1984 launched Air Atlanta, a luxury airline that was the first in the nation controlled by an African-American, and later established Hollis Communications along with Atlanta builder H.J. Russell. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and was the first African-American elected as national president of the 30,000-member student division of the American Bar Association. Hollis went on at age 27 to found Air Atlanta. The airline filed for bankruptcy in 1987. #blackhistory#blackhistoryfacts#atlanta#airatlanta#therealsoulplane 2 of 2
Maggie Lena Walker (July 15, 1864 – December 15, 1934) was an African-American teacher and businesswoman. Walker was the first female bank president of any race to charter a bank in the United States.
she chartered the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank. Mrs. Walker served as the bank’s first president, which earned her the recognition of being the first black woman to charter a bank in the United States. Later she agreed to serve as chairman of the board of directors when the bank merged with two other Richmond banks to become The Consolidated Bank and Trust Company, which grew to serve generations of Richmonders as an African-American owned institution.
Walker’s restored and furnished home in the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia has been designated a National Historic Site, operated by the National Park Service. #blackhistoryfacts#blackentrepeneur#moneymatters#RichmondVa#Jackson#Wheremypeoplesarefrom
George Branham III (born November 21, 1962 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional ten-pin bowler and former member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). He began his career in 1984 and retired at the end of the 2003 season. His career is most noted because he was the first African American to win a PBA tour title as well as win the Tournament of Champions. Branham started bowling at the young age of six when his father introduced the sport to him. His first real accomplishment as a bowler came when he won the Southern California Junior Bowler of the year tournament in 1983. The following year in 1984 Branham joined the PBA tour where he was runner-up in rookie of the year voting. His first success came on November 22, 1986 at the Brunswick Memorial World open in Chicago, Illinois, where he defeated Mark Roth 195–191 and earned a purse of $33,260. Branham set a PBA record by winning his first eight TV finals matches, which still stands today. #blackhistory#blackhistoryfacts#frameofmind <—-#bowlingpun
Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler, née Davis, (February 8, 1831 – March 9, 1895) was the first African-American woman to become a physician in the United States. She married Arthur Crumpler who had served with the Union Army during the American Civil War. Her publication of A Book of Medical Discourses in 1883 was one of the first written by an African American about medicine. n 1831, Rebecca Davis was born in Christiana, Delaware to Matilda Webber and Absolum Davis. She was raised in Pennsylvania by an aunt who cared for infirm neighbors. Crumpler later attended the elite West Newton English and Classical School in Massachusetts where she was a special student in mathematics. Her husband Wyatt died in 1863, while she was still a medical student. When the Civil War began, Crumpler was forced to quit her school. She went back to college in 1863, but her financial aid was no longer available. To complete her schooling, she won a tuition award from the Wade Scholarship Fund, which was established by the Ohio abolitionist, Benjamin Wade.
When she graduated in 1864, Rebecca Lee (later Crumpler) was the first African-American woman in the United States to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree, and the only African-American woman to graduate from New England Female Medical College. The school closed in 1873, without graduating another black woman, when it merged with Boston University. She was no longer practicing medicine by 1883 when she published A Book of Medical Discourses from the notes she kept over the course of her medical career. It was dedicated to nurses and mothers, and focused on the medical care of women and children. The Rebecca Lee Society, one of the first medical societies for African-American women, was named in her honor. Her home on Joy Street is a stop on the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail. #blackhistoryfacts#boston#MD#doctors#healthcarewewerethere#setgoals#aimhigh