A close-up of the paper used as "packing material" for the artwork. Sample "firsts" of the more than 200 commemorated include: The first African-American US Senator (man): Hiram Revels, Mississippi, 1870-1871. The first liscensed African-American architect (woman): Beverly Greene, 1942. The first African-American man to write, direct, and produce a feature-length, widely distributed film: Oscar Micheaux, 1919. The first African-American President of the United States (man): Barack Obama, elected 2008. The first African-American in whose honor a national holiday was named (woman): none.