1917 Rare MORRISTOWN NORMAL & INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE Tennessee PHOTO Black History For Sale
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1917 Rare MORRISTOWN NORMAL & INDUSTRIAL COLLEGE Tennessee PHOTO Black History:
Very scarce original vintage silver gelatin photo of the original building of the Morristown Normal and Industrial College (later Morristown College), Morristown, Tennessee, circa 1917, with detailed contemporaneous ink caption to reverse, 6" x 3-3/4". Some creasing at edges (small loss to upper right corner; small tear to top edge affecting sky only); otherwise very good overall, with good contrast and clarity.
The image depicts a somewhat dilapidated clapboard building with stone foundation; a man and woman can be seen at lower right. The caption reads: "Building in which Morristown Normal & Industrial College started in 1881. Built in 1830, use for years as a Baptist Church, at one time a slave mart. Andrew F. Fulton now a teacher 1917 was sold as a slave. The building was used as a hospital during the war by Bragg of the Confederates, and by Burnside of the Federal Army. Dr. Hill & Mrs. A. H. Stearns first teachers."
Established as an educational institution for freedmen, the Morristown Normal and Industrial College made use of the building depicted (originally built as a church, later serving as the Reagan High School for Boys) in its first years of existence. Long one of only two black institutions of higher learning in East Tennessee, the college finally closed its doors in 1994, and most of its remaining buildings, in an advanced state of disrepair, were ultimately bulldozed to make way for a city park.
Very few images of this original building are known to survive.
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