On this day in Alabama history: Educator Nathan B. Young was born

On this day in Alabama history: Educator Nathan B. Young was born
Portrait of Nathan B. Young, 1923. (Augustus Granville Dill, Wikipedia)

Sept. 15, 1862

Born in Hale County on this day in 1862 to an enslaved mother, Nathan Benjamin Young grew up in Alabama during Reconstruction. Young attended Stillman Institute (now Stillman College) in Tuscaloosa, then enrolled in Talladega College in the school’s teacher-training branch. Talladega College President Henry S. DeForest greatly influenced Young, and later the two planned a campaign to bring education to black youths throughout rural Alabama and the South. In 1892, Booker T. Washington hired Young to teach at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), where he stayed for five years. He later served as president at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee and Lincoln University in Missouri.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Alabama native Nathan B. Young (1862-1933) was an educator who worked to improve the all-around quality of education for African Americans during the early twentieth century. Early in his career, Young worked with Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute, and he later served as president of Florida Agriculture and Mechanical College and Lincoln University in Missouri. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama)















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