1900

The First African American Graduate

 

 

   

With a new Century came a bright new future for Cornell. That Spring Cornell had its first African American graduate. Frank Jeremiah Armstrong was a well respected member of Cornell society. He was a member of Adelphian Literary Society, and captain of the Baseball team his senior year. When the famous black author and activist, Booker T. Washington spoke at Cornell, Armstrong was asked to introduce him. After graduation, he worked for Booker T. Washington in Chicago for eight years. He later established himself as a physician, but was tragically gunned down in his Chicago office in 1946.

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