6/15/1877: Henry Ossian Flipper becomes 1st African American to graduate from West Point Military Academy

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1877 Henry Ossian Flipper becomes 1st African American to graduate from West Point Military Academy.  Flipper was an American soldier, former slave, and the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877, earning a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army.