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This Day in Georgia History

October 10, 1944

Joseph Simeon Flipper Died

Joseph Simeon Flipper died. Born on Feb. 22, 1859, he was one of four younger brothers of Henry Flipper, the first black to graduate from West Point. During his sophomore year at Atlanta University, Joseph Flipper dropped out to teach school in several Georgia cities. In 1877, he joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Subsequently, he became a deacon, elder, pastor, and eventually bishop in the church. In 1903, he served as dean of Turner Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and from 1904-1908 as president of Morris Brown College.