Midshipman Wesley A. Brown, circa 1949
Courtesy of U.S. Naval Academy Museum

Beginning in the 1870s, African-Americans were accepted sporadically into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. However, because of discrimination, alienation, and poor preparation, none of these black midshipmen graduated. In 1949, Wesley A. Brown became the first African-American to graduate from Annapolis.

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