dadstimeon Posted May 7, 2007 Share Posted May 7, 2007 woman believed to make trip http://www.indeonline.com/index.php?ID=16276 The Associated Press Advertisement NEW YORK (AP) – The bone-numbing trek to the North Pole is riddled with enough perils to make a seasoned explorer quake: Frostbite threatens, polar bears loom and the ice is constantly shifting beneath frozen feet. But Barbara Hillary took it all in stride, completing the trek to the world’s northernmost point last month at the age of 75. She is one of the oldest people to reach the North Pole, and is believed to be the first black woman on record to accomplish the feat. Hillary, of Averne, N.Y., grew up in Harlem and devoted herself to a nursing career and community activism. At 67 and during retirement, she battled lung cancer. Five years later, she went dog sledding in Quebec and photographed polar bears in Manitoba. Then she heard that a black woman had never made it to the North Pole. In 1909, Matthew Henson made history as the first black man to reach the Pole, though his accomplishment was not officially recognized for decades – it was overshadowed by the presence of his white colleague, Robert Peary. Ann Bancroft, a physical education teacher from Minnesota, was the North Pole’s first female visitor in 1986 as a member of the Steger Polar Expedition, which arrived unassisted in a re-creation of the 1909 trip. Various scientific organizations said no record exists of a black woman matching Bancroft’s feat, although such record-keeping is not perfect. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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