Sir Richard Theodore Greener. One of the most brilliant minds, his credentials were so outstanding they hid them away in a box in an attic. Hidden in the attic that was contracted for demolition was a trunk. Inside were the papers of Greener, the first Black to graduate from Harvard.1870 diploma, law license, photos and papers connected to his diplomatic role in Russia and his friendship with President Ulysses S. Grant have survived. The1853 book Autographs for freedom.
Julian Abele was a prominent black architect who built more than 400 buildings. Some of them were the Harvard University Widener Memorial Library, Monmouth University’s Shadow Lawn Mansion, the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Most importantly, Abele was known for building the Duke University Chapel.