1. He was the first professionally trained African American landscape architect in the United States.
Source: The Cultural Landscape Foundation
2. He designed many campuses for historically black colleges, including Tuskegee University.
3. He was the second of thirteen children and was born in 1868 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Source: Fay Today
4. As a child, he used to grow flowers in his own garden plot.
Youth garden / Source: U.S. Army
5. He was the first African American to graduate from Cornell with a degree in agriculture in 1898.
Cornell University commencement / Source: Cornell University
6. He was lifelong friends with George Washington Carver.
George Washington Carver in the laboratory / Source: Wikipedia
7. He was described by Booker T. Washington as "a sticker, never a quitter."
"Up from Slavery" by Booker T. Washington / Source: Goodreads.com
Sources: The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Black Firsts by Jessie Carney Smith, African-American Architects edited by Dreck Spurlock Wilson