GEORGE POAGE, 1ST BLACKMAN TO WIN MEDAL IN OLYMPIC GAMES

On September 1st 1904, Sprinter and hurdler George Coleman Poage became the 1st African American to win a medal in the Olympics at the Summer Olympic games held in St. Louis Missouri earning bronze medals in both the 200 and 400 metre hurdles.

Poage excelled as an excellent student and athlete becoming the 1st African American to run for the University of Wisconsin. He graduated with a degree in History utilising this later in life becoming a school principal in st Louis after the Olympics.

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