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Henry Ossian Flipper

1. Henry O. Flipper The first Black to Graduate from West Point

Bo Carter

2. Bo Carter (Armenter Chatman), Blues Vocalist and Guitarist

Eddie (Son) House

3. Eddie (Son) House, Blues Artist

Otis Spann

4. Otis Spann, King of the Blues Piano Players

Al Freeman Jr

5. Al Freeman Jr., Actor,  is best known to daytime-drama fans for his lengthy stint as Lt. Ed Hall on One Life to Live a role that won him an Emmy in 1978

Solomon Burke

6. Solomon Burke, Rhythm and Blues Artist


7. Russell Thompkins Jr., Stylistics lead singer, was a member of a local vocal group called the Monarchs who defeated another group called the Precussions in a talent show at Benjamin Franklin High School.[2] Both groups disbanded shortly thereafter. Their remaining members, Thompkins, James Smith, and Airrion Love from the Monarchs, and James Dunn and Herbie Murrell from the Percussions, joined together to form a new group called The Stylistics in 1968.  Russell Thompkins, Jr. is third from left sitting.

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