Barbara Hillary was the first known black woman to reach the North Pole in 2007.
Robert Smalls was the 1st black commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, 1863.
Sheila Y. Oliver was the first woman of color to serve as speaker of the New Jersey Assembly; 2011.
Painter Simmie Knox is the 1st black artist to create an official U.S. presidential portrait. He debuted his portrait of President Bill Clinton…
Molly Williams is known as America's first female firefighter, working with New York's Oceanus Engine Company #11 starting in 1818.