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.
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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
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