Admissions and Course of Study, Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute
African Americans, education
Founded in 1868, Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute educated and trained hundreds of African Americans to be teachers. Although African Americans had been denied the opportunity for education during slavery, Hampton required its students (ages 14-25) to be able to read, write, and know arithmetic through long division to qualify for admission. During their three-year course of study, students took classes in grammar, rhetoric, composition, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, bookkeeping, geography, United States history and government, and the natural sciences, as well as agriculture and household industries.
Catalogue of the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Hampton, VA., for the Academic Year 1870-71 (1871), 12-14.
Boston: T.R. Marvin & Son
Library of Virginia
15_1075_019, 15_1075_020, 15_1075_021