A form letter, to "My dear Friend" (in this case Mrs. George Rolfe of Cambridge MA), offering a description of Palmer Memorial Institute, and other endeavors, in Sedalia, North Carolina, and appealing for financial help for her educational activities in the greater Greensboro, N.C., area; undated (but 1909 on the accompanying original mailing envelope, which was forwarded to Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, for delivery), on "Alice Freeman Palmer Memorial Settlement" letterhead, signed in type only.

Cambridge, MA: 1909. Fund raising letter. 4to. One-page, single-spaced reproduced typescript, list of members of the institution's advisory board, officers and other school information at the head; signed in type "Charlotte E. Hawkins." A native of Henderson, N.C., Hawkins Brown was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, attending school there and meeting Wellesley College President Alice Freeman Palmer by chance. A friendship ensued and the older woman encouraged the young African American to attend the state Normal School in Salem, paying for her tuition; after Hawkins Brown graduated, Palmer further encouraged her to return south to help other young African Americans, which she did, moving to the Greensboro area and establishing her school in Sedalia in 1902 (at age 19); the Palmer Memorial Institute eventually earned a national reputation as a boarding prep school for African Americans before closing in the 1970s. This fund raising letter, describes the school and its student body (125 children) and offers her plans for future work. Very good. Folded for mailing. (8678). Item #61646

Price: $125.00

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