Henry Flipper Slave 1st Black African American West Point Grad Buffalo Soldier For Sale
I will be listing a fabulous Collection of CABINET CARD PHOTOS tonight with beautiful images of late 1800's - early 1900's AFRICAN AMERICAN'S. I do offer combined shipping so please see my other listings.
For your offerding considerationin this sale is the following Cabinet Card Photo:
Lot # : 1
Comments : I believe this is an extremely rare, and historically significant,Cabinet Card Photo of a fairly Infamous African American. In researching the image, I came across an almost identical image of HENRY OSSIAN FLIPPER (see photos) and in comparing that image to this one I believe it is I fact an image of Mr. Flipper while a Cadet at West Point. Wikipedia has a detailed history on Mr. Flipper but following are some of the historical highlights of his life:
He was born a SLAVE in 1856. Flipper was born into slavery in Thomasville, Georgia the eldest of five brothers. His mother, Isabelle Flipper, and his father, Festus Flipper, a shoemaker and carriage-trimmer, were owned by Ephraim G. Ponder, a wealthy slave dealer.
He was the first African American to Graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1877
He earned a Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army
He was assigned to A Troopand he became the first non-white officer to lead Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry
Flipper received a Dishonorable Discharge from the Army under dubious conditions and many years later, under petition of his descendants, President Bill Clinton pardoned him. Subsequently, a bust of Flipper was unveiled at West Point. Since then, an annual Henry O. Flipper Award has been granted to graduating cadets at the Academy who exhibit "leadership, self-discipline, and perseverance in the face of unusual difficulties.
I believe the Uniform in the Photo is a Cadet Dress Uniform consisting of Jacket and Pants. I am not exactly sure of the yearthe photowas taken but believe this to be one of the Uniforms assigned to the Cadets at this time.
The initials "L.I." appear on the Collar of the Cadet Jacket. I have not been able to figure out what the significance of the "L.I." is but it may be "Leadership Identification" or "Leadership Insiginia". If anyone can clear this up it would be appreciated and info added to the listing.
The name "Frank Robinson" is hand written across the base of the card, potentially an attempt by a previous owner to associate the card with another famous American baseball player. Also, imprinted / embossed at the base of the card is "Carl Hug (or "Heeg" ? - see photo) Jefferson City". I could not find where in his career Mr. Flipper was in Jefferson City but perhaps Mr Hug / Heeghad traveled to West Point to take the Photos? Again, based on my research I believe this image is of Mr. Flipper but please do your own research and image comparison verification. It is not identified as being Mr Flipper so it is being sold as-is.
Cabinet Card Measurement : 5" x 7"
Condition : Photograph is in good condition, the lower right corner has a piece missing but not effecting the align="center">SELLERS TRADE PRACTICES:
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Henry Flipper Slave 1st Black African American West Point Grad Buffalo Soldier: $118