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Wordless Wednesday: Wilberforce’s First Black President

September 4th, 2008 by Ajuan Mance

Bishop and Mrs. Daniel Payne

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In 1863 Bishop Daniel Payne, Wilberforce benefactor and 7-year trustee, succeeded Richard Rust to become its second president, and the first African American college president in U.S. history. To read a short biography of this Black pioneer, click on THIS LINK.

Posted by Ajuan Mance


Posted in Academia, African Americans, Black Colleges, Black History, Higher Education, race, Wilberforce University

2 Responses

  1. SjP

    Daniel Payne was certainly an interesting character. Would probably be a Republican today based on the bio link. Oh well, I ain’t mad at him, though because he made a notable difference and is certainly someone to be remembered and honored. Learn something here everytime I come by…I always thought Tuskeegee was the first…shows I need to hone up on my history. Much obliged for the knowledge!

  2. Ajuan Mance

    I like your observations on Payne. I would have to agree about his political affiliations, which is one of the things that interests me so much about 19th Black scholars and writers. Politically, they seem to be all over the place…

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