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Archie Alexander was an engineer, architect and mathematician. Archie earned the nickname “Archie the Great” at the University of Iowa, where he was the first African American to graduate from their engineering program.

After working for Marsh Engineers in Minnesota as the head of their bridge building program, he ventured off to create his own engineering company, Alexander & Repass. He spent the remainder of his life working with his classmate and partner Maurice Repass, constructing and working on many well-known roads and bridges in the DC area like the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, the Whitehurst Freeway, and the Tidal Basin Bridge.

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