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Berea College - Founders and Founding Papers,1844-1939 (bulk 1850-1900)

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Berea College - Founders and Founding Papers


1844-1939 (bulk 1850-1900)


Berea College Special CollectionsBerea, Kentucky 40404

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Berea College - Founders and Founding Papers, KYSX072-A, 1844-1939 (bulk 1850-1900)Special Collections, Berea College, Berea, Ky.


4 lin. ft.


In 1859, with support from the American Missionary Association, John Gregg Fee, J. A. R. Rogers, John Gregg Hanson, Thomas J. Renfro, George Candee, Jacob Emerick, James Scott Davis, and two others joined to found Berea College as a Christian institution opposed to slaveholding, sectarianism, caste, and other practices. Within the year, these founders and other supporters were forced by mob action to leave the school and the area, beginning a period known in the college's history as "the exile." In 1865 Fee, Rogers, and Hanson returned to Berea and the College began holding classes in 1866.

Scope and Content

These are papers and photographs relating to the establishment of Berea College and to individuals associated with the institution in its early days.


  • Abolitionists -- Madison County, Kentucky
  • Colleges and universities -- Berea College
  • Education, higher -- Afro-Americans
  • Madison County, Kentucky -- Colleges and universities
  • Slavery -- Anti-slavery movements
  • Berea, Kentucky -- Berea College

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