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Black Facts – Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper

Lt. Henry Ossian Flipper was born a slave March 21, 1856 in Thomasville, Ga. to the parents of Festus and Isabella Buckhalter Flipper, Sr. Lt. Flipper spent his early years in Thomasville, Ga. and during the Civil War lived in Macon and Atlanta, Ga. Lt. Flipper was taught to read in 1864 by another slave who taught school at night. In late 1865, Lt. Flipper attended a succession of schools established by the American Missionary Association.

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