James Henry Conyers , on September 21, 1872 was the first black person admitted to the United States Naval Academy.Early life James H. Conyers was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a son of John Peter Conyers, of Edisto Island, South Carolina and the former Catherine Caulder of Charleston. It is not clear if the Conyers family had been slaves; but at the end of the Civil War his father worked as a laborer in Charleston, and may have worked for Francis L. Cardozo, a leading African-American Reconstruction politician. James Conyers received his early education at the Avery Normal Institute in Charleston and at that time worked as a messenger in the office of the South Carolina Secretary of State.Source: Wikipedia
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