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Race and Public Higher Education in Washington: A Historical Perspective

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1901 Fort Place SE
Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Museum

Join historians Marjorie Lightman and William Zeisel as they trace the history of the University of the District of Columbia back to 1851, when Myrtilla Miner established a teacher-training school for free black women.
Follow the effort of Washington's black community to gain full educational access after the Civil War, and the establishment of a segregated public school system, including separate teachers colleges for white and black students. With the end of school segregation in 1954, the District made its first attempt at comprehensive higher education, leading finally to creation of the University of the District of Columbia in 1975.

Drs. Lightman and Zeisel are the authors of Since 1851, the official history of the University of the District of Columbia, published in 2012.


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