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New book “The Hampton Album” looks at Hampton University’s early, and sometimes controversial, beginnings

Date Posted: 2019-12-02
Source: The Virginian-Pilot

During World War II, Army courier Lincoln Kirstein was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He ventured into a Washington, D.C., bookstore one day and came across an interesting find: A scuffed, leather-bound photo album filled with images of African American and Native American students studying plant life, brick masonry and Greek history at a place called the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute.

The book didn’t list an author or a purpose, but Kirstein bought it anyway. He carried it back with him to his pre-military life in New York City.

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