Education: This Ambitious Aim

The young Negro who came to call on the Reverend John Miller Dickey of Oxford, Pa. one day in 1852 had an unusual request to make. He wanted a college education so that he could go into the ministry, but though Oxford is above the Mason-Dixon Line, there was no college in the vicinity that would take him. Pastor Dickey decided that something should be done: two years later he managed to persuade the state to charter the first Negro institution of higher learning in the U.S.

This week white and Negro notables from all...

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