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1972 Introduction by Rachel Powers

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1972 Introduction

This list was not kept from year to year but was constructed in 1862 by Henry Cowles with the help of others. For this reason it cannot be considered strictly accurate.

There are no names from that date to 1880 because no lists were kept. Mr. Bigglestone says that the college felt in the early years that negroes should be considered the same as other students and not as individuals in a minority group and so there was no reason to keep a separate listing of them.

When George Jones became secretary he started to keep accurate lists of Negroes His notes indicate that the federal government requested such information and this may have been the reason. We can assume, therefore, that the lists beginning in the year 1899-1900 are accurate.

Rachel Powers, August 18, 1972