Brick from Virginia-Cleveland Hall at Hampton University

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Manufactured by
Unidentified
Subject of
Hampton University, American, founded 1868
Hunt, Richard Morris, American, 1827 - 1895
American Missionary Association, American, 1846 - 1999
Hampton Singers, American, founded 1870
Medium
clay
Dimensions
H x W x D: 2 1/2 × 8 5/8 × 4 1/8 in. (6.4 × 21.9 × 10.5 cm)
Type
blocks (shaped masses)
Place used
Hampton, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1874
Caption
Brick from Virginia-Cleveland Hall, Hampton University, 1874
Hampton University is one of the first historically black universities. Located in Hampton, Virginia, it was founded in 1868 as the Hampton Agricultural and Industrial School by the American Missionary Association. By 1874, the college was successful enough to build Virginia-Cleveland Hall, an impressive structure that housed classrooms, a chapel, administration offices, and dormitories. Students help fund the Hall through ticket sales from the student choral group, the Hampton Singers.
Source: Nancy Bercaw, Curator, Slavery and Freedom
Description
A brick from Virginia-Cleveland Hall at Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. The brick is rectangular in shape and is tan in color with darker grey areas throughout. The brick is cracked in several places and is pitted.
Topic
African American
Building Arts
Education
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, a gift from Hampton University
Object number
2015.228
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Buildings and Structures
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture