Everyone knows that Alexander Pushkin was a famous Russian poet who wrote the poem Onegin. What a lot of people don't know is that Alexander Pushkin was literally a Black Russian: a Russian of African descent. His great-grandfather was a Black African named Abram Gannibal. In a time when Africans were not considered fully human, Gannibal became a favorite of Peter the Great. Over the course of his life, he was a military officer, engineer, administrator and nobleman. His son and Alexander Pushkin's great-uncle, Ivan, was also a decorated military officer.