112 Years Ago Today, George Poage Became the First Black American to Win an Olympic Medal

George Poage, a track athlete, was the first Black American to compete and win a medal in the Olympics.

On September 1, 1904, Poage won his first of two bronze medals in either the 200m and 400m hurdle.

Unfortunately, history does not account for which event he won in, however, it is known that he competed in both the 200m and 400m hurdle.

Poage also made history as a stand-out student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin. He became the first Black athlete at the school, and was also  the first Black “Big Ten” individual track champion.

Via Black America Web