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Lesley Gist
Lesley Gist • 2 years ago

Richard T. Greener, the first African American to graduate from Harvard- 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. Greener’s granddaughter Evelyn Bausman, 75, of CT, is interested in the documents.

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