InfoPlease has a list of Famous Firsts by African-Americans. No one from Tennessee on the list but it is short list. There are so many firsts here! Tennessee’s own Wilma Rudolph for one – but not only was she the first black woman to win three medals during track & field at a singe Olympics, but she as the first woman from the United States to do so. Go Wilma!
In case you didn’t know, Wilma’s mother sought care for Wilma’s childhood polio here at Meharry Medical College.