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West Point cadets have hands on history lesson

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Some West Point cadets took a break from the classroom Wednesday.

They learned a history lesson on the road in Thomasville.

For the first time, the eight cadets came to pay respects to Lieutenant Henry Flipper's gravesite.

Flipper was the first black graduate from the West Point Military Academy in 1877.

Major Danny Sjursen said the purpose of these trips is to learn more about the civil rights movement.

"I think it's incredibly important to expose our cadets to this important movement. and have them understand these are issues that remain important," said Sjursen.

The cadets also visited the Jack Hadley Black History Museum.

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