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Evolution of the Mission (an essay)

Sep 13, 2017

When the Civil War ended in 1865, Negroes recognized education was the path to providing for one’s family and to bettering one’s condition in society. Despite newfound freedoms, former slaves and freedmen had few options to pursue elementary, much less higher education. Access to formal education was an exceptionally rare in rural communities. In small towns, Negro education fell to the church, where students learned their earliest lessons from local clergy.

Descendants of UMES’ first educators explore their roots

Sep 1, 2016
UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –– On a muggy weekend afternoon that defines Delmarva’s dog days of summer, five visitors gathered at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore looking for a palpable connection to their family history.