Anthony Overton The First African American

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Anthony Overton was born on March 21, 1865, he was the first African American to lead a major business conglomerate as a banker, lawyer and a manufacturer. In 1898 he established Hygienic Manufacturing Company, and produced a number of goods including the nationally known High Brown Face Power, which was the first marketing success in the sale of cosmetics for black women. in 1923 he established the Douglass National Bank, the second nationally charted black owned bank in the United States. Overton developed the Great Northern Reality Company, the Chicago Bee, and the Victory Life Insurance Company. in 1927 the NAACP awarded him the Spingarn Medal for Outstanding Achievement by an African American,and in that same year he was given the prestigious
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