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The first interracial and coeducational college in the South has faced fierce opposition over the years, first from armed, pro-slavery militias to segregation imposed by the state legislature. Despite physical, financial, and legal risk, Berea College continued in its mission to educate students of all races. Constitution ratified. Berea College founded by John G. Fee, following the model of interracial education at Oberlin College. During the Civil War, John G. Fee worked as a missionary trying to bring order, education and humanity to the refugee camp for escaped and freed slaves at Camp Nelson in Kentucky, a Union Army camp.
For most of American history, a majority of the black population in this country was prohibited from learning to read or write. Today African Americans are enrolling in higher education in record numbers. Here are some key events that occurred along the way. There is no record of his receiving a degree from what is now Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
Founded in , Berea was the first interracial and coeducational college in the South. Berea awards four-year tuition scholarships to all its students, who because of financial circumstances cannot otherwise afford a high-quality, residential, liberal arts education. Berea not only admits students, it hires each of them. Berea students all work a minimum of 10 hours a week in one of labor departments that serve the institution. Students earn money, gain valuable work experience and learning, and contribute to the stewardship of College operations.