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Hampton Classes, 1871-1898

In 1871, Hampton Institute graduated its first class comprised of five women and fourteen men. Between 1871 and 1898 the sizes of the graduating classes at Hampton continued to grow. Listed here are the names of every person to graduate from Hampton Institute between 1871 and 1898. Included in this reference book are two of Hampton’s most famous alumni: Booker T. Washington (founder of Tuskegee Institute) and Robert Sengstacke Abbott (founder of the Chicago Defender). Help us transcribe this book and let us know if you find any other notable alumni on its pages.

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Handbill advertising a punch card event at A.M.E. Zion Church Stony Brook

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was established in 1821, when African American members of the congregation of John Street Methodist Church in Harlem, New York, left due to racial segregation. Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass were both members of the A.M.E. Zion Church, which served as a place of refuge on the Underground Railroad. Today, the church operates multiple churches, two junior colleges, and Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. The church has often been used as a gathering for friends and family. This handbill is an advertisement for a benefit event at the A.M.E. Zion Church in Stony Brook, New York. Help us transcribe and discover what activities they participated in.

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How Hebrews Became Jews

Although born in Panama, Jose V. Malcioln traced his ancestors to a Moroccan Hebrew king. His faith led him to publish this pamphlet on the history of the Hebrew people and to demonstrate that race is not a deterrent to kinship among the faith. Malcioln views the Jewish people as a family and when one sect has a lower status, it brings down the entire group. This pamphlet includes short essays by Malcioln and photographs of the Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Harlem, New York, taken by Lloyd Yearwood. Help us transcribe this text and learn about an often unknown but dedicated sect of Judaism.

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Invitation to a hat rally at Macedonia Baptist Church

In 1872, a Sunday School was started in a stable in Baltimore, Maryland. A group of worshipers formed and the stable was remodeled to add floors and seats. The first formal church meeting was held in September 1874. The congregation was racially diverse, as it included a number of invited white Baptists. A few months later, a council approved the worshipers' mission of becoming a church. Take a night off and join the Ladies Missionary Society of Macedonia Baptist Church at their Hat Rally! Help us transcribe this advertisement for the event.

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Itinerary for Col. Charles Young's trip from Wilberforce, OH to Washington, DC

During World War One, the African American military experience was one of complexity. America entered the conflict to ensure that democracy would be safe in the world. However, for African Americans democracy at home was not guaranteed. Racism and segregation were rampant throughout the country and fighting for democracy abroad, while still feeling the sting of social, economic, and cultural discrimination was a hypocrisy many struggled with. Despite this sentiment, many African American men and women believed it was their patriotic duty to serve the war effort in some capacity. One of these young men was Sergeant Oscar W. Price. This series of letters between Price and his mentor, Colonel Charles Young, contain content of a seasoned officer advising and supporting a younger man in the military whom he considered a dear friend.

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James Baldwin Collection

James Baldwin (1924-1987) spent most of his life speaking out on the issues of race relations and racial discrimination in America. Through numerous bestselling novels, plays, and essays written during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Baldwin addressed themes of racial and sexual oppression by connecting many of his personal experiences to national and international issues. Although Baldwin spent the bulk of his career living and working in Europe, mainly France and Turkey, he often returned to the United States to take part in events surrounding the American Civil Rights Movement. Help us transcribe the personal objects and letters in this collection that document Baldwin’s life as an expatriate writer and activist in the second half of the twentieth century.

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John Freeman Shorter's Diary

“Spent the morning and afternoon at Church and heard two fine sermons. A Report received that Charleston and Columbia had been captured and the left wing of Shermans Army was within 25 miles of Richmond.” So wrote Lieutenant John Freeman Shorter (1842-1865) on February 19, 1865. Shorter raised as a freeman in Washington, D.C., joined the 55th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in 1863 and became a fully commissioned officer. His diary details the experiences of a civil war soldier from January 1, 1865 to September 30, 1865. Helps us transcribe the rest of his diary and discover what life was like for an African American soldier during the Civil War.

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Journal of Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Help us transcribe conference rolls, observations, and recommendations from the Journal of Proceedings of the Thirty-Eighth Session of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church was established in 1821, when African American members of the congregation of John Street Methodist Church in Harlem, New York, left due to racial segregation. Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass were both members of the A.M.E. Zion Church, which served as a place of refuge on the Underground Railroad. Today, the church operates multiple churches, two junior colleges, and Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina.

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Les Collégiens 1945

The 1945 Stowe Teachers College yearbook, Les Collégiens, highlights the students, faculty, and achievements of the graduating class of 1945. Help us transcribe this yearbook to learn more about the philosophy of the institution, the individual classes at Stowe, and the many types of activities students were involved in.

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Letter to Oscar W. Price from Colonel Charles Young, August 13, 1919

During World War One, the African American military experience was one of complexity. America entered the conflict to ensure that democracy would be safe in the world. However, for African Americans democracy at home was not guaranteed. Racism and segregation were rampant throughout the country and fighting for democracy abroad, while still feeling the sting of social, economic, and cultural discrimination was a hypocrisy many struggled with. Despite this sentiment, many African American men and women believed it was their patriotic duty to serve the war effort in some capacity. One of these young men was Sergeant Oscar W. Price. This series of letters between Price and his mentor, Colonel Charles Young, contain content of a seasoned officer advising and supporting a younger man in the military whom he considered a dear friend.

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