The always stylish aviation pioneer Hubert Fauntleroy Julian, known as The Black Eagle of Harlem, leans against a railing on the Queen Mary ocean liner as it arrives in New York City, on November 29th, 1937.
Julian was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1897, the son of a cocoa plantation manager. He migrated to Canada in 1914, where he was said to have learned to pilot an aeroplane and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Hubert Julian emigrated from Montreal to Harlem in 1921. On 29 April 1923, Julian flew from an airfield in Hasbrouck Heights to Harlem, circled City College, dropping two noise bombs to attract residents’ attention. He then leaped from the plane, dressed in a bright red suit; the wind carried him away from his target, to a vacant lot on 140th Street near Seventh Avenue, to the roof of a tenement at 301 West 140th Street.
A true Harlemite, stylish and fearless.
For the best picks, get HWM's must read newsletter!