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The first Black inventor to receive official recognition was Henry Blair of Maryland, who received a patent for a corn harvester on October 14, 1834.


The first Black insurance company was the American Insurance Company of Philadelphia, established in 1810.


The first Black bank, the Capital Savings Bank of Washington, D.C., opened on October 17k, 188.  The Savings bank of the Order of True Reformers was chartered on march 2, 1888 and opened in Richmond on April 3, 1880.  


The first Black woman millionaire and one of the first major Black entrepreneurs was Madame C.J. Walker, who made a fortune with a line of beauty products in the first decades of the 20th century.  She died on May 24, 1919.


The first Black on the New York Stock Exchange was Joseph L. Searles III, who began floor training on February 13, 1970, as a floor partner in the firm of Neburger, Loeb and Company.


The first Black named to the board of directors of the New York Stock Exchange was Jerome H. Holland, who was elected on March 2, 1972.

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