Columbus, Ohio, true to its pioneering namesake, has been the location of a number of firsts and the home of many first achievers. As we continue our Black History Month Celebration, we note that a number of these individuals were African Americans living in the Capital City. Someone has said that history recalls those who do things first and those who do things well. Such has been the case with this list of four African Americans who were notable “firsts” in Columbus.
These four individuals have made significant contributions in the areas of aviation, law, and politics. Two are men, one of whom was the first African American to fly airplane in Central Ohio; the other was the first African American elected as mayor of Columbus. The other trailblazers are two women, one of whom served as a municipal judge and as the Columbus City Attorney, and the other was the first African American female to serve on the Ohio State Supreme Court. Without questions, these individuals have left their marks on the City of Columbus.
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