Henry O. Flipper By: Lily Jones

Henry O. Flipper By: Lily Jones
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  • United States Military Academy
  • This is Henry O. Flipper. Henry was born a slave in Georgia in 1856. He was the oldest of his 4 brothers.
  • Henry went to school at the American Missionary Association. When Henry was a freshman he was appointed to the United States Military Academy.
  • Henry was the first Black person ever graduate at West Point. He got a commission as a second lieutenant. Later he was assigned to the Tenth United States Calvary.
  • Henry was in charge of a troop of African-American soldiers that were called, Buffalo Soldiers. The Buffalo Soldiers helped protect the Texas Settlers from the American Indians.
  • Later Henry got military discharge because Henry discovered post funds missing from his quarters. Henry tried to hide the mistake until he could find or replace the money, but Col. William Rufus Shafter found out and filed charges against him.
  • Overall, Henry was an extraordinary man who was the first African-American to do many things. We can thank Henry O. Flipper for proving to us that we can achieve anything!
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