George Gibbs, Jr.: First Black Man to Visit Antarctica

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George Gibbs, Jr. was the first black man to go to the Antarctica, the South Pole. He began his exploration through the U.S. Navy. He was also a civil rights leader and World War II Navy Gunner.

Gibbs was born in Jacksonville, Florida on November 7, 1916. He later moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he enrolled in Brooklyn Technical School and later received his GED.

He served on Admiral Richard Byrd’s third expedition to the South Pole in 1939 to 1941, becoming the first African American to reach Antarctica. From more than 2,000 Navy applicants, Gibbs was among the 40 chosen to accompany Byrd in this history-making expedition, sailing on the USS Bear.

The USS Bear was a floating museum before the old wooden vessel was specially outfitted for the South Pole expedition. Gibbs was a member of the crew that supported the ice party. He was the first person off the ship to set foot on Antarctica on January 14, 1941.

After 24 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Gibbs retired in 1959 as a chief petty officer. Gibbs then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Gibbs worked in the personnel department of IBM at Rochester, Minnesota, from 1963 to 1982. After retiring from IBM, Gibbs founded an employment agency, Technical Career Placement, Inc., which he operated until 1999.

As a civil rights leader, he integrated the Elks Club at Rochester and several service clubs. In 1966, Gibbs helped organize the Rochester Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was also a civic leader who was president of the Rochester Kiwanis and the Rochester chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and was involved in several charitable organizations. George Gibbs, Jr., died in 2000 at the age of 84.




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  • Ancient Antartican October 25, 2020 - 4:41 am

    What about Matthew Henson he visited. Also Ancient Africans were from Antartica it used to be rain forest very hot. Ref:The History and Geography of Human Genes :Luigi Luca Cavalli Sforsa, Paolo Menozzi, Albert Piazza (Sfrosa pioneered gene mapping)
    No white skin on planet until 3000BCE, pge 145 Quote see also Cheddar man.
    The problem is today anytime Blacks or Africans achievements are discovered they discredit them or claim Aliens as they did with Egypt and are now doing the same with Antartica. The problem is everyone was black prior to 3000BCE the Governors of the Western world don’t want you to know this so they can remain in charge of the wealth and the majority of people. These rulers rule by the lower reptilian part of the brain and have not evolved spiritually as is sadly the case with most people today. Ancients discovered that we are divine beings experiencing life on Earth and that is it mans destiny to evolve spiritually to realise your divine potential. This is what the elites are afraid of us all on this planet discovering.

    • Ancient Antartican October 25, 2020 - 4:48 am

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