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Thu, 02.16.1826

Martin Freeman born

Martin Freeman

*The birth of Martin Freeman in 1826 is celebrated on this date. He was a Black educator, and administrator.

From Rutland, Vermont, Martin Henry Freeman graduated from Middlebury College as Salutatorian in 1849.  In 1854, he was appointed Professor at the Allegheny Institute near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which later became Avery College. Here, he gained a great following in mathematics and science. Freeman was appointed President of the school in 1856, the first Black man to hold the position of College President in America.

He left the country for Africa in 1864 (noted as saying that the move was primarily to protect his family from the "racially oppressive society" he found in Pittsburgh at the time) and spent many years at Liberia College, becoming its President shortly before his death in 1889.

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