Tuskegee: 1914. Oblong 8vo, decorative pebbled cloth over thin boards, 8 x 5 inches. With fourteen pages of inscriptions from fellow classmates. Some pages detached, wear and toning, good condition. Good. Item #List2104
An interesting book of dedicatory verse to a student in the Tuskegee Institute class of 1915, from his classmates, all written in May of 1914. Stewart writes on the front pastedown, “ Myb album is open, come and see, for you to waste a line or two upon me, so when the summer days make us part, I shall always remember you in my heart.” Stewart was from Taylorsville, Illinois. The inscriptions from his classmates - mostly sentimental verse- are an interesting document in the Tuskegee coeducational model and more broadly shed light on the culture of the African-American student culture during the time. “Dear Stewart,” his roommate Emmit Strode writes, “This summer you and I may be far apart, but I hope that you will bear in mind that I am with thee in heart each day avoe all things do the right, and may your future days be bright.” Stewart is the only student from Illinois represented, the others being from Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia. One classmate writes, “ Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them, and power flows to the man who knows how.”.