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By Shannon H. Wilson

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The motto of Berea university is "God has made from one blood all peoples of the earth," a word underlying Berea's 150-year dedication to egalitarian schooling. the 1st interracial and coeducational undergraduate establishment within the South, Berea collage is widely known for its challenge to supply scholars the chance to paintings in alternate for a tuition-free caliber schooling. The founders believed that participation in guide exertions blurred differences of sophistication; mixed with learn and relaxation, it helped boost autonomous, industrious, and leading edge graduates devoted to serving their groups. those values nonetheless carry this present day as Berea maintains its mythical dedication to equality, range, and cultural protection and, whilst, expands its undertaking to incorporate twenty-first-century matters, comparable to ecological sustainability. In Berea collage: An Illustrated historical past, Shannon H. Wilson unfolds the saga of 1 of Kentucky's so much extraordinary associations of upper schooling, centering his narrative at the 8 presidents who've served Berea. The college's founder, John G. cost, used to be a staunch abolitionist and believer in Christian egalitarianism who sought to construct a school that "would be to Kentucky what Oberlin used to be to Ohio, antislavery, anti-caste, anti-rum, anti-sin." certainly, the relationship to Oberlin is obvious within the college's abolitionist roots and dedication to education African American lecturers, preachers, and commercial leaders. Black and white scholars lived, labored, and studied jointly in interracial dorms and study rooms; the level of Berea's reformist dedication is most blatant in an 1872 coverage permitting interracial relationship and intermarriage between its pupil physique. even supposing the ratio of black to white scholars used to be approximately equivalent within the college's first 20 years, this early dedication to the schooling of African american citizens used to be shattered in 1904, while the Day legislations prohibited the races from attending tuition jointly. Berea fought the legislations until eventually it misplaced within the U.S. splendid court docket in 1908 yet later again to its dedication to interracial schooling in 1950, while it grew to become the 1st undergraduate university in Kentucky to confess African americans. Berea's 3rd president, William Goodell Frost, shifted awareness towards "Appalachian the US" in the course of the meantime, and this undertaking to arrive out to Appalachians keeps at the present time. Wilson additionally chronicles the construction of Berea's many distinct courses designed to serve women and men in Kentucky and past. a school extension application carried Berea's academic possibilities into mountain groups. Later, the hot chance university for girls used to be manage to assist grownup ladies go back to the task industry by means of providing them profession workshops, activity event on campus, and academic and cultural enrichment possibilities. extra lately, the school constructed the Black Mountain adolescence management software, designed to minimize the isolation of African american citizens in Appalachia and inspire cultural literacy, educational success, and group carrier. Berea university explores the tradition and heritage of 1 of America's most unusual associations of upper studying. Complemented through greater than one hundred eighty ancient photos, Wilson's narrative records Berea's majestic and encouraging tale.

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37 Despite tremendous personal peril, Fee and Rogers visited Berea on several occasions early in the war. By the spring of 1864 Fee had returned to his home on the Berea ridge. He spent much of his time during the war working about thirty-five miles away in Jessamine County at Camp Nelson, teaching and preaching among the African American soldiers stationed there. The military base had also become a refugee center for escaped slaves and their families fleeing from the war. These people lived in desperately miserable conditions, without adequate food or shelter.

Wheeler, William N. Embree, A. J. Hanson, and John Preston. Two of Fee’s Camp Nelson associates, the Reverend Abisha Scofield and the Reverend Gabriel Burdette, also joined the new board. Gabriel Burdette was Berea’s first black trustee and served Berea until 1868. Morgan Burdette, Henderson, Preston, and Harrison were from the Appalachian region and local men. A. J. Hanson was John Hanson’s brother, and both men were Fee’s cousins. William Embree was Elizabeth Rogers’s brother and Fee’s son-in-law, Embree having married Laura Fee.

Professors, or teachers, only that candidates be competent to fulfill their responsibilities and have Christian experience and practice. ”34 The college, under this strict but egalitarian Christian influence, would strive to be a model of Christian education that embraced impartial love as its watchword. The proposed college constitution was duly adopted in July 1859. Lacking the ten members required by Kentucky law, however, the college was not yet legally incorporated. Nevertheless, the Prudential Committee, consisting of Fee, Rogers, John Hanson, and T.

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