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Outdoor Afro's logo on top of a forest full of trees.A celebration of Black History in the Outdoors Outdoor Afro, the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature, has highlighted notable Black historical figures, places and recent achievements of Black people related to outdoor recreation. We encourage you to follow @outdoorafro on Instagram and read through the entire series. Matthew Henson  Matthew Henson was born in Maryland in 1866, the son of free sharecroppers. He was orphaned at the age of 7 or 8. Henson found work as a cabin boy and seaman and did so for several years before being hired as a valet on one of Peary’s survey expeditions. This began a decades-long working relationship with Peary. Henson’s skills were unmatched, and he made a total of seven voyages to the Arctic with Peary. On April 6, 1909, Henson became the first person to set foot on the North Pole. Four Inuit (Indigenous people of northern Canada), whose names were Egingwah, Ootah, Ooqueah, and Seegloo, assisted Peary and Henson. Charles M. Crenchaw In 1964, Charles Madison Crenchaw became the first Black man to reach the summit of Mount McKinley, also known as Denali, the highest peak in North America. During...
Featured in Ocean’s Project‘s Podcast: “Episode 19: An Epidemic of Hammocking” Interviewed by: Roger Overall “In this episode, we are joined by Natalie DeRatt of Eagles Nest Outfitters (@enohammocks), who make hammocks. We talk about the origins of hammocks, the epidemic that is sweeping the USA and how footballer @jjkoval is one a number of football players tweeting from their hammocks. And if you ever wanted to find out about the hammock made of bacon, this is the podcast for you.”    

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