Edward P. McCabe, Kansas State Auditor, 1883-1887 one of the early settlers in Nicodemus. Born in 1850 in New York, McCabe began his political career as clerk of Graham County in 1880,one of the first African American officials to be appointed in Kansas. McCabe became the Kansas state auditor in 1882 and served as deputy auditor of Oklahoma Territory from 1897 to 1907. He also founded the city of Langston, Oklahoma.
John Lewis Wilson was the only black person appointed to a team of seven architects to design the Harlem River Houses in New York. Wilson came from a prominent Mississippi family. He was the first black student to attend Columbia University’s School of Architecture in 1923. Source: Blacks Firsts: Groundbreaking Events in African American History
Barrington Irving is the first African American to fly solo around the world and, as of 2010, the youngest person to complete the feat. He made his flight at the age of 23. Irving was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 11th, 1983