E. Bullard

E. BULLARD is designed for hunting and outdoor utility. From stripping bark to field dressing, this is a great multi-purpose blade. This full tang O1 tool steel blade is 8 3/4″ in overall length with a blade length of 5″. Black liners and brass pins give this sleek Maple Burl and exotic Bubinga handled knife added appeal. A handcrafted leather sheath comes with E. BULLARD.

Overall Length: 8 3/4”

Blade Length: 5”

 

$200.00

Availability: 24 in stock (can be backordered)

American Hero

Eugene James “Jacques” Bullard

October 9, 1895 Columbus, Georgia – October 12, 1961 New York City, New York

Eugene Ballard
Eugene Ballard

At the Café Copoule in Paris in the spring of 1916, three American soldiers of the French Foreign Legion were commiserating with a fourth who was convalescing from a shrapnel wound. Jeff Dickson, a white Mississippian, asked Eugene Bullard, his injured black comrade in arms from Georgia, “Gene, suppose they find you’re too lame for the infantry?” Bullard’s answer raised eyebrows around the table: “I’ll go into the Air Service.”

“Air Force?”Dickson exclaimed. “You know damn well, Gene, there aren’t any Negroes in aviation.” “Sure do,” Bullard said. “That’s why I want to get into it. There must be a first to everything, and I’m going to be the first Negro military pilot.” That friendly argument swiftly evolved into a $2,000 wager. Bullard, who would emerge as history’s first certified black American aviator, won the bet.

While a black pilot was unprecedented in 1916, accepting challenges and overcoming obstacles was nothing new for Eugene Jacques Bullard. Born on October 9, 1894, he was the youngest son among 10 children, three of whom died in childbirth. His father, Octave Bullard, was the son of a black slave. His Creek Indian mother, Joyakee, died when he was 6. Living in Columbus, Ga., young Gene grew up dealing with Southern bigotry, but he was inspired by tales his father told him of a faraway land where a man’s social prospects were not limited by his skin color: France.

From History Net: Eugene Bullard: The World’s First Black Pilot: https://www.historynet.com/eugene-bullard-worlds-first-black-pilot.htm

 

Bullard was born in Columbus, Georgia, the seventh of 10 children born to William (Octave) Bullard, a black man from Martinique, and Josephine (“Yokalee”) Thomas, an indigenous Creek woman. His father’s ancestors had been enslaved in Haiti by French refugees who later fled during the Haitian Revolution, which abolished slavery. Bullard’s ancestors left the Caribbean for the United States and took refuge with the Native Americans of the Creek tribe.

Bullard was a student at the Twenty-eighth Street School from 1901 to 1906.

As a teenager, he stowed away on the German freighter Marta Russ, hoping to escape racial discrimination. (He later said that he witnessed his father’s narrow escape from lynching). Bullard arrived at Aberdeen and first made his way to Glasgow. In London, he boxed and performed slapstick in the Freedman Pickaninnies, an African-American troupe. On a visit to Paris, he decided to settle in France. He boxed in Paris and also worked in a music hall.

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Bullard

*note: Discrepancies (particularly in dates and names) are left as printed from their original sources. Due to the lack of status among non-whites historically, records were not accurately kept.

 

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