MIT Black History Project

MIT Black History Project

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A Massachusetts Institute of Technology research effort archiving historical achievements of the black experience since 1865. Dr. Clarence G. Williams, Director
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The Blacks at MIT History Project has launched their revised website on February 16, 2018.  Please see the stories behind the images....  Thanking you in advanced!

The Blacks at MIT History Project has launched their revised website on February 16, 2018. Please see the stories behind the images.... Thanking you in advanced!

The Blacks at MIT History Project has launched their revised website on February 16, 2018.  Please see the stories behind the images....  Thanking you in advanced!

The Blacks at MIT History Project has launched their revised website on February 16, 2018. Please see the stories behind the images.... Thanking you in advanced!

The Blacks at MIT History Project has launched their revised website on February 16, 2018.  Please see the stories behind the images....  Thanking you in advanced!

The Blacks at MIT History Project has launched their revised website on February 16, 2018. Please see the stories behind the images.... Thanking you in advanced!

The Blacks at MIT History Project has launched their revised website on February 16, 2018.  Please see the stories behind the images....  Thanking you in advanced!

The Blacks at MIT History Project has launched their revised website on February 16, 2018. Please see the stories behind the images.... Thanking you in advanced!

Major General Marcelite J. Harris became the first African-American female general officer of the United States Air Force. She is a relative of Wendell Phillip Terrell (MIT Class of 1906).

Major General Marcelite J. Harris became the first African-American female general officer of the United States Air Force. She is a relative of Wendell Phillip Terrell (MIT Class of

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett helps dedicate a stamp honoring her…

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett helps dedicate a stamp honoring her great-grandfather Robert Robinson Taylor. members attended the ceremony.

Frederick J. Hemmings (MIT Class of 1897) is mentioned throughout this 2016 bestselling novel by Karin Tanabe. "The Guilded Years" is based on the life of his sister Anita Hemmings and her experience of passing for white at Vassar College.

Frederick J. Hemmings (MIT Class of is mentioned throughout this 2016 bestselling novel by Karin Tanabe. "The Guilded Years" is based on the life of his sister Anita Hemmings and her experience of passing for white at Vassar College.

Wendell Phillips Turrell (MIT Class of 1906) was named after abolitionist and suffragist Wendell Phillips.

Visit this site for information about abolitionist Wendell Phillips. Clcik here to learn about the life of Wendell Phillips. Information about American abolitionist Wendell Phillips and his effort to end slavery.

Booker T. Washington often recruited qualified black students from MIT, like Robert R. Taylor '92, for leadership roles at Tuskegee.

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed" - Booker T Washington

Robert Robinson Taylor (1868-1942) Domain  Architect and educator Robert…

Robert Robinson Taylor was an American architect; the first accredited African-American architect. He was also the first African-American student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1888

“Harvard, a national football power in the 1890s, had one African American, William H. Lewis, who played center...Next door to Harvard, William Arthur Johnson [MIT Class of 1894] integrated football at MIT in 1890.” —Alan H. Levy, Tackling Jim Crow

“Harvard, a national football power in the 1890s, had one African American, William H. Lewis, who played center...Next door to Harvard, William Arthur Johnson [MIT Class of 1894] integrated football at MIT in 1890.” —Alan H. Levy, Tackling Jim Crow

Marie Celeste Turner and her brother Henry Turner both attended MIT (Class of 1909). She became a Boston public school teacher. In the 1960s, Marie and her sister Grace B. Turner, also a teacher, published a popular 4-volume series titled "Peddler Dolls: Portraying Cryes of Old London and Itinerant Merchants of Early America" (Johnson Duplicating Service).

Marie Celeste Turner and her brother Henry Turner both attended MIT (Class of 1909). She became a Boston public school teacher. In the 1960s, Marie and her sister Grace B. Turner, also a teacher, published a popular 4-volume series titled "Peddler Dolls: Portraying Cryes of Old London and Itinerant Merchants of Early America" (Johnson Duplicating Service).

Jill Sim holds portraits of her great-grandmother Anita Hemmings Love and great-uncle Frederick J. Hemmings  (MIT Class of 1897). In 1897, the siblings became the first black graduates of their classes at Vassar and MIT, respectively.

Jill Sim holds portraits of her great-grandmother Anita Hemmings Love and great-uncle Frederick J. Hemmings (MIT Class of In the siblings became the first black graduates of their classes at Vassar and MIT, respectively.

Isaiah Milligan Terrell was the father of Wendell Phillips Terrell (MIT Class of 1906). After MIT, Wendell worked at Prairie View State College, where his father was principal, and helped to establish a department of mechanic arts.

Isaiah Milligan Terrell was the father of Wendell Phillips Terrell (MIT Class of After MIT, Wendell worked at Prairie View State College, where his father was principal, and helped to establish a department of mechanic arts.