Vanessa LeAnne Patterson

Student Historian

Vanessa LeAnne Patterson is an undergraduate history student at the University of Washington. She has always had an interest in history and writing. She hopes to graduate from the University of Washington in June of 2010 with a B.A. in history. From there, she plans to pursue a career in journalism.


South Carolina State University (1896— )

Four Coeds at South Carolina State, 1951 Image Ownership: Public Domain South Carolina State University (SCSU) was founded in 1896 by an act of the South Carolina General Assembly and remains the state’s sole public college for African American youth. It was established in Orangeburg, … Read MoreSouth Carolina State University (1896— )

Claflin University (1869 – )

Claflin University Football Team, 1895 Image Ownership: Public Domain Claflin University, located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, was founded in 1869 by Alonzo Webster (1818-1887), a Vermont minister.  Webster came to South Carolina to teach at the Baker Bible Institute in Charleston training African American ministers … Read MoreClaflin University (1869 – )

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (1837– )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, located near Cheyney, Pennsylvania,  was founded on February 25, 1837, making it the oldest predominantly African American institution of higher education in the United States. It was originally known as the African Institute was renamed the Institute … Read MoreCheyney University of Pennsylvania (1837– )

Saint Paul’s College of Virginia (1888– )

Bricklaying Class, St. Paul’s College, 1958 Image Ownership: Public Domain Saint Paul’s College of Virginia is a private college located in Lawrenceville, Virginia.  The college was founded on September 24, 1888, by James Solomon Russell, a newly-ordained deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church. He became … Read MoreSaint Paul’s College of Virginia (1888– )

Kathleen Battle (1948- )

American soprano Kathleen Battle was born on August 13, 1948 in Portsmouth, Ohio. Battle’s father was a steelworker and her mother was an active participant in the gospel choir at the family’s local African Methodist Episcopal Church. Battle attended Portsmouth High School and upon graduation … Read MoreKathleen Battle (1948- )

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (1873- )

Campus of the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Image Ownership: Public Domain The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff was created by the Arkansas Legislative Act of 1873. The University was established for the “convenience and well-being of the poorer classes” which meant African Americans … Read MoreUniversity of Arkansas Pine Bluff (1873- )

University of District of Columbia (1851- )

David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia Image Ownership: Public Domain The University of District of Columbia was founded as a school for African American girls in 1851. The school was established by Myrtilla Miner and was initially called the … Read MoreUniversity of District of Columbia (1851- )