logo
Twitter/nytimes
Twitter/nytimes

Barbara Hillary, Trailblazing Explorer Who Became the 1st Black Woman to Reach North and South Poles, Dies at 88

Joe Akins
Nov 27, 2019
11:00 A.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

The beautiful and adventurous story of Barbara Hillary, who, during her lifetime, became the first Black woman to reach the North and South Poles, has come to an end after dying at the age of 88.

Advertisement

Barbara Hillary lived her life as an adventurer and created her own piece of history, doing what she did best. In 2007, and at the age of 75, Barbara reached the North Pole, and four years after that, she also reached the South Pole, both times being the first Black woman to do so.

Advertisement

Her death, which was announced on her Twitter page, brings an end to her legacy. The tweet read:

"Dear friends, Barbara Hillary has died. She was 88 and had suffered significant health decline in recent months. She lives on in history, in the hearts of those who loved her, and in the inspiration she gave so many. @northsouthpole #NorthPole #SouthPole #Mongolia #Explorer."

Advertisement

Barbara Hillary worked as a nurse for 55 years, and after her retirement, she decided that she wanted some adventure. Her foray into adventure saw her dog-sledding in Quebec and also taking photographs of polar bears in Manitoba.

It was within that period that she got to know that a Black woman had never been to the North Pole. She took up the challenge to be the first to achieve that feat, despite being in her 70s.

Advertisement

Apart from her age, Barbara didn’t have any funding, and was also 25% short of her breathing capacity, having undergone a lung surgery due to cancer. She also had to ski to accomplish her mission, something she had never done before.

Hillary overcame all the odds against her and reached both poles. There she saw firsthand the effects of climate change and began to lecture on the topic and also became a motivational speaker.

Deborah Bogosian, a friend to Hillary, told 1010 Wins Radio that the late adventurer's health had declined in recent months, but she always continued to dream big.

"There were still so many things she wanted to do."

May Barbara Hillary's soul rest in peace.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Barbara Walters Believed Clint Eastwood Was the One Who Got Away after Their 'Sad Love Story'

February 16, 2022

Parents Take Daughter's Blood Test before Lifesaving Surgery, Discover She's Not Their Child

May 02, 2022

Jenna Bush Hager Said Becoming a Mom before Her Twin Sister Barbara Was a 'Painful' Situation

April 20, 2022

Poor Mom Lives in Old Trailer with Son and Never Lets Anyone in until She Gets Hospitalized — Story of the Day

February 09, 2022

Roy Orbison's Wife 'Breathed Fresh Air' into His Life during the 2 Year That He Lost 1st Spouse & 2 Sons

April 24, 2022

Old Man Finds Kid in Cold Forest and Learns She Is His Granddaughter He Never Knew About – Story of the Day

April 06, 2022

George H W Bush’s Wife of 76 Years ‘Married the First Man’ She Ever Kissed — Inside Their Marriage

April 09, 2022

At Husband’s Funeral, Woman Notices Note Sticking Out of His Pocket, Quietly Pulls It Out – Story of the Day

February 18, 2022

Barbara Hale Was Close with Raymond Burr's Partner after Star's Death - He Kept Their Relationship a Secret for 35 Years

March 15, 2022

Barbara Eden's Marriage Was Ruined after She Miscarried Her Second Baby

March 25, 2022

Baby Abandoned by White Parents for Being Black Finds a Letter from Her Birth Mom 14 Years Later

May 23, 2022

Couple Separated for 57 Years Never Stopped Loving Each Other, Finally Get Married

March 28, 2022

Meet Bob Newhart's 4 Beautiful Kids with Wife of 59 Years Who Gave up Her Career after They Married

April 08, 2022

Woman Is Admitted to Hospital to Deliver Quintuplets, Doctors Say She's Not Pregnant at All

April 27, 2022