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Re: Hampton Normal & Agri Institute

There is more at the LOC site (American Memory) ...

On 30th of May, 1865, a young officer of Hawaiian birth, Colonel S.C. Armstrong of the Eighth United States Colored Troops, en route to Texas to watch Maximilian in his attempted conquest of Mexico, wrote as follows from the deck of the transport Illinois lying in Hampton Roads: "Before me the "Old Flag" floats over the famous Fortress Monroe where Jeff Davis is a prisoner. Directly in front of me lies "Hampton Hospital," a very imposing structure. Besides the officers in the main building here, there are some 5,000 soldiers in hospital tents and wooden wards." Three years after this, in April, 1868, the same young officer was changing some of these very hospital wards into schoolrooms for the children of the ex--slaves whose freedom he had helped to gain in his three years of active service in the Civil War. ¹

"We haven't much time; show us just the most interesting things," says a tourist who has driven up from Old Point to see the famous school for Negroes and Indians. ... Seventy-five per cent of all outside and inside work upon a recently and handsomely finished private residence was done by the student-mechanics. They have done almost all that upon the new large addition to the girls' building, which has been named by its donors "Cleveland Hall," in memory of the well-known educator and early champion of freedom, the late Charles Dexter Cleveland of Philadelphia ²

"Better than at almost any other place in this country, they have at Hampton grasped the conception of what we may call integral education. ³

Quoted Source (web site):
Library of Congress' American Memory web site, African American Perspectives: Pamphlets from the Daniel A.P.Murray Collection, 1818-1907. Accessed online at ... [July 3, 2005]

¹ "Then and Now at Hampton Institute, 1868--1902." Hampton, VA: Hampton Institute Press, 1902.

² Ludlow, Helen W. "Some Interesting Things at Hampton Institute." 1905. [Reprinted from The Evangelist]

³Shaw, Albert. "'Learning by doing' at Hampton." New York: American Monthly Review of Reviews. April 1900.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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