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Re: First Black naval Academy Graduate
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Re: Wesley A. Brown, first black graduate of U.S. Naval Academy.
He was author of "Eleven Men of West Point, published in the April l956 issue of The Negro History Bulletin. I guess eleven makes for a longer article than just one.
On same theme: just learned of a new book on story of black Midshipmen at Naval Academy: Robert Schneller, Breaking the Color Barrier: The U.S. Naval Academy"s First Black Midshipmen (New York University Press).
My knowledge of this topic is slim to none (the Old Army is my meat, plus I start to turn green anywhere near water)), but I recall first black appointment to Naval Academy came in early l870s--at about time first blacks were nonimated to West Point.
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