Robert Cox – Director of Special Collections at UMass
Afro-American Students in 19th-Century UMass
Friday, November 18, 12:15PM
Strong House, 67 Amity St, Amherst, MA
The forerunner to the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Agricultural College (MAC), was an intimate place where virtually every student knew one another and where education and manual labor went hand in hand. Built as a place for educating the “sons of toil,” its practical, rural character flavors the way we imagine the school, and few of us imagine it in the vanguard of social progress. In this talk, we will explore one aspect of life in late nineteenth century MAC which reveals something about the aspirations and achievements of the young school: the previously hidden, and quite surprising lives of first nine African American students at MAC. Their remarkable legacies say much about what we did right, and were we could have done – and could still do — better.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.