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(EDUCATION.) Lockwood, Lewis C. Mary S. Peake, the Colored Teacher at Fortress Monroe. Frontispiece portrait and 2 other plates. 64 pages. 16mo, publisher's cloth, minor wear, moderate spotting; moderate foxing, lacking tissue guard; school library inscription on flyleaf. Boston: American Tract Society, [1863?]
Scarce narrative of the life and work of Mary Smith Kelsey Peake (1823-1862), a trailblazing African-American teacher. Peake was the first teacher for freedmen hired by the American Missionary Association, and founded a school for the children of ex-slaves in the fall of 1861 at Hampton, VA, held under the Emancipation Oak near Fortress Monroe. The author of this biography knew her work first-hand while he served as a missionary at Fortress Monroe. Mary Peake died of tuberculosis in 1862, but the small school she founded evolved into Hampton University. Afro-Americana Supplement 1310; Sabin 41750. Only 4 copies in OCLC.
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