The first 6 African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires

Immediately following Emancipation, there were 4,047 millionaires in the United States -- and six of them were African American. Between 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity, a small group of industrious, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success.

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