Hampton University

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Hampton University is situated on an arm of Hampton Roads, two miles from Fort Monroe. Founded under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Samuel Armstrong in 1868 and incorporated in 1870 as Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute, it was the first permanent school for freedmen in the South. Industrial and normal education through self-help was the fundamental principle of the school; trades and industries were taught and practiced. Among the university's noteworthy alumni are Dr. Booker T. Washington, renowned orator and Tuskegee Institute founder; Alberta Williams King, mother of Martin Luther King Jr.; Marcus Dixon, NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs; and Wanda Sykes, comedian and actress. Today, the university is recognized for the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, the world's largest cancer proton treatment center, and its local commitment to the commercial revitalization of downtown Hampton, Virginia. Through the use of vintage photographs, Hampton University shows how the university community continues to uphold Armstrong's legacy by "keeping their eye to the future."
ISBN: 9781467122146
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Virginia
Series: Campus History
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Veronica Alease Davis is a 1994 graduate of Hampton University, with a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to her active involvement with cemetery restoration, Davis serves on the Virginia legislative subcommittee that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and spends time researching Virginia's notable African Americans and historic sites.
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