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Samuel Valentine Cole to Wellesley College, regarding Portia Washington

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  • 1902-07-15


Biographical / Historical

Scanned from President Cole's ledgerbook of outgoing correspondence, this letter concerns the prospects of admission to Wheaton for Portia Washington, daughter of Booker T. and Margaret Washington. Only the second-known instance of a person of color applying for (and being denied) admission to the seminary, a trend which persisted until 1946. The Washington family's incoming correspondence was not kept at the time.