Tawawan. OH: State College, Wilberforce, OH, 1948 and 1950.
Two yearbooks of State College, Wilberforce, OH for 1948 and 1950. Quarto. Illustrated from photos. Bound in embossed fabricoid. Some wear and use, but VG. Item #21258
Accompanied by commencement programs for 1952 (Central State College) and 1970 (Wilberforce University) and a few personal snapshot photos.
Wilberforce University was the first college to be owned and operated by African Americans.
"Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University can trace its origin to a period of history before the Civil War, when the Ohio Underground Railroad was established as a means of escape for all those blacks who sought their freedom in the North from the yoke of slavery, one of the destination points of this railroad became Wilberforce University.
As the Underground Railroad provided a route from physical bondage, the University was formed to provide an intellectual Mecca and refuge from slavery’s first rule: ignorance. Wilberforce University, the nation’s oldest private, historically black university, was named to honor the great 18th century abolitionist, William Wilberforce." (University website).