Winter term 1980 students march into Oberlin at the end of their four-hundred-mile journey retracing the Underground Railroad. Their thirty-day trip took them from Greensburg, Kentucky to Oberlin, Ohio. The nation's media, both print and broadcast, widely reported on this NEH-sponsored project.
Celebrating Black History Month, February 2014
An Exhibit in the Goodrich Room, Mudd Center, Fourth Floor
In 1935, Oberlin College dedicated a plaque in the Carnegie Library building to commemorate 100 years of black education at Oberlin. That plaque is located on the wall outside Azariah’s Café in the Academic Commons of the Mudd Center. Today we celebrate over 179 years of African American Heritage at Oberlin.
Featured in the exhibit are photographs and documents from the collections of the Oberlin College Archives. The exhibit provides a brief glimpse into the history of African American Heritage at Oberlin including the entry in the minutes of the January 1, 1835 meeting of Board of Trustees of the Oberlin Collegiate Institute: "Whereas information has been received from Rev. John J. Shipherd, expressing a wish that students may be received in the Institution irrespective of color…"
We invite you to visit our website (www.oberlin.edu/archive) or see our staff to learn more about the holdings of the Oberlin College Archives, specifically those related to the history of African American Heritage at Oberlin. See also our Oberlin and Civil Rights Digital Collection.