ARCHIE A. ALEXANDER (1888–1958), an engineer, headed his own civil engineering firm for more than forty years. Among the numerous projects his firm completed are Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin Bridge and the K Street Freeway. Although it was, at that time, not illegal to deny work on the basis of race, Alexander competed successfully with white firms building bridges, airfields, sewer systems, and power plants all over the United States. In 1945, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Alexander governor of the Virgin Islands.

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