12 Historical Figures Many People Don’t Know Are Black

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French General Thomas Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie a.k.a. Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (1762-1806), fighting off the Austrian army, at the bridge of Clausen in Tyrol, on 17 January 1797. Illustration from French newspaper Le Petit Journal. May 26, 1912.
French General  Thomas-Alexandre Dumas fighting off the Austrian army, at the bridge of Clausen in Tyrol, on Jan. 17, 1797.

General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (1762-1806) 

Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, also known as Alexandre Dumas, was a general in the French army and became one of the highest-ranking Black men of all time in a continental European army. Born in Saint-Domingue (Haiti), Alexandre Dumas was of mixed race, the son of a white French nobleman and an enslaved mother of African descent.

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