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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Black History My History

(August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955)

He was an African American explorer and associate of Robert Peary on various expeditions, the most famous being a 1909 expedition during which he may have been the first person to reach the Geographic North Pole.
At the age of twelve he went to sea as a cabin boy on a merchant ship called Katie Hines.
The captain, Captain Childs, took him under his wing and thought of him as his son.
They were close for a long time.
He then sailed around the world for the next several years. He visited places such as China, Japan, the Philippines, France, Africa, and southern Russia, educating himself and becoming a skilled navigator.
He met Commander Robert E. Peary in November 1887 and joined him on an expedition to Nicaragua, with 4 other people that Peary chose.
During their expeditions, both he and Peary fathered children with Inuit women…
He died in the Bronx on March 9, 1955, at the age of 88, and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery; after her death in 1968, his wife Lucy was buried with him.
In 1988, their' remains were both exhumed and reburied at Arlington National Cemetery, near the grave of Admiral Peary and his wife. In 1961 an honorary plaque was installed to mark his Maryland birthplace…
Who is he??
Matthew Henson

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