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Macon Allen was the first African American to graduate was the first African American licensed to practice law in the United States, in Maine in 1844. He is also believed to be the first to hold a judicial position.

Susie Baker King Taylor (1848-1912) was the first African American army nurse. As the author of Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers, she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. She was also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.

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Vintage African American Children by Black History Album

Frederick Douglass "Fritz" Pollard . Pollard along with Bobby Marshall were the first two African American players in the NFL in 1920.

Jacob Lawrence- Influential African American artist known for his "Migration" series

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his grandson Joseph. Photo: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

This 1940s ad for Pepsi is one of the first ads specifically targeted toward African Americans. The young boy pictured is Ron Brown, future United States Secretary of Commerce.

African American woman wearing beaded dress, with hat Portraits of African Americans from the Alvan S. Harper Collection (1884-1910)