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African American Diversity Education Opportunity We are Achievers We are Overcomers

Virginia State University (Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute; Azurest South)

AE Curator Jul 17
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The short-lived, biracial Readjuster Party emphasized education for all Virginians, and it backed up its words when the General Assembly established Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute in 1882. The country’s first four year-public college for African Americans opened its doors the next year, and John Mercer Langston served as its president. Conservative white politicians stripped the institution’s collegiate status for 21 years. Among the landmarks at what is now Virginia State University is Azurest South, the International Style home of the late arts professor Amaza Lee Meredith.

Location: Petersburg
Image: Virginia State University Special Collection and Archives

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