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African-American Firsts In New York

09/03/2009 03:53 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In 1911, Samuel Battle became the "first black officer to join" the NYPD. Today, nearly 100 years later, the intersection at West 135th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem is being renamed Samuel J. Battle Plaza.

But Battle was just one of the many great African-Americans who broke the race barrier in New York. To find out which other African-Americans were pioneers in their industries and communities, take a stroll through history below.

First African Americans

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