Sample Slavery Online Essay "Lessons and Legacies" Available

22 November 2010

Berea College, Kentucky, was founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea's commitment to interracial education was overturned in 1904 by the Kentucky Legislature's passage of the Day Law, which prohibited education of black and white students together. When the US Supreme Court upheld the Day Law, Berea set aside funds to assist in the establishment of the Lincoln Institute, a school located near Louisville, for black students. When the Day Law was amended in 1950 to allow integration above the high school level, Berea was the first college in Kentucky to reopen its doors to black students.

Using a wealth of sources digitized from Berea College’s Archive, Professor Jacqueline Burnside’s recently added essay "Lessons and Legacies: The Meaning of Berea’s 19th Century Interracial Education in the 21st Century" explores the history of Berea College and the Day Law, and examines issues of race, segregation, education and social justice.

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