Matthew Henson (centre), holding the polar flag, and his Inuit colleagues at the North Pole. But it was Henson’s long-time friend Robert Peary who was recognised for the expedition. Photo: Public Domain Matthew Henson (centre), holding the polar flag, and his Inuit colleagues at the North Pole. But it was Henson’s long-time friend Robert Peary who was recognised for the expedition. Photo: Public Domain
Matthew Henson (centre), holding the polar flag, and his Inuit colleagues at the North Pole. But it was Henson’s long-time friend Robert Peary who was recognised for the expedition. Photo: Public Domain

Black History Month: Matthew Henson, pioneering explorer, the first person at North Pole in era of prejudice and racism

  • Matthew Henson reaches the North Pole in 1909 but his achievements are overshadowed by his white partner in an era when black explorers were unheard of

Topic |   Expeditions and adventures
Matthew Henson (centre), holding the polar flag, and his Inuit colleagues at the North Pole. But it was Henson’s long-time friend Robert Peary who was recognised for the expedition. Photo: Public Domain Matthew Henson (centre), holding the polar flag, and his Inuit colleagues at the North Pole. But it was Henson’s long-time friend Robert Peary who was recognised for the expedition. Photo: Public Domain
Matthew Henson (centre), holding the polar flag, and his Inuit colleagues at the North Pole. But it was Henson’s long-time friend Robert Peary who was recognised for the expedition. Photo: Public Domain
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