Bust of first black West Pointer unveiled

LEAVENWORTH, Kan., March 31 (UPI) -- A bust of the first African-American graduate of West Point has been unveiled at the Army's Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

The likeness of Lt. Henry Flipper was placed next to the Buffalo Soldier Monument honoring black cavalry troopers who served on the frontier.


The Kansas City Star said the ceremony was attended by a member of the Flipper family who had succeeded in clearing his name after he was dishonorably discharged in 1882. Flipper was officially pardoned in 1999 for what was considered a racially motivated charge.

West Point Commandant Lt. Gen. F.L. Hagenbeck spoke at the dedication and said the story of Flipper's time at the Academy and his long battle to restore his honor was a story known to every modern-day cadet.

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