Matthew Alexander Henson
#OnThisday The co-discoverer of the North Pole was born in Charles County, Maryland.
Henson achieved a degree of fame as a result of his participation in the expedition, and in 1912 published a memoir titled A Negro Explorer at the North Pole.
His exploits received renewed attention as he approached old age, and in 1937 he became the first African-American person to be made a life member of The Explorers Club; in 1948 he was elevated to the club's highest level of membership. Henson was awarded the Peary Polar Expedition Medal in 1944, and was received at the White House by Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. In 1988 he and his wife were re-interred at Arlington National Cemetery. - 3 months ago