Sampson McCormick, 1st out, black, gay male comic.
Sarah E. Goode was the 1st black woman to receive a U.S patent for her invention of a folding cabinet bed in 1885.
Kelly Miller was the 1st black man to attend Johns Hopkins University, 1887.
Gabby Douglas is the 1st black person in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, 2012.
Mary Mahoney was the 1st black woman to complete nurse's training in 1879.
Henry Ossian Flipper was the 1st black man to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, 1877.