Henry O. Flipper

Henry O. Flipper

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  • I can't believe that I am the fifth black to go to this school.
  • Henry you graduated.
  • OMG!!! Thank you so much!
  • Henry O. Flipper was born a slave at Thomasville, Georgia on March 21, 1856.
  • Lets go we don't have all day
  •  Henry O. Flipper attended school at the American Missionary Association, and in 1873, as a freshman at Atlanta University, he was appointed to the United States Military Academy.
  • I find you guilty
  • Please noooo, they set me up.
  •  Henry O. Flipper was the fifth black person accepted into West Point, he was the first to graduate though.
  • I am a good man, I have done nothing wrong.
  • Henry O. Flipper arrived at Texas on his way to Fort Sill, where he supervised the drainage of malarial ponds. Flipper's Ditch is now a national historic landmark.
  • When Col. William Rufus Shafter became commanding officer of Fort Davis in 1881, he immediately relieved Flipper as quartermaster and planned to relieve him as commissary as soon as he found a replacement. Flipper suspected what he later called a systematic plan of persecution.
  • Henry went to El Paso after his dismissal and remained there until 1883, when he went to work as an assistant engineer for a surveying company composed of former Confederate officers.
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