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Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston
Post-1865: Students

African American students began to matriculate at Columbia in significant numbers by the 1920s, but they remain all but invisible in the university’s archival records. Learn about Zora Neale Hurston, the first black woman to attend Barnard College as well as many others   More...

Post-1865: Columbia and the Legacy of Slavery
Columbia and the Legacy of Slavery
Post-1865: Columbia and the Legacy of Slavery

Why did we continue the research beyond emancipation in 1865? More...

An article in the Chicago Defender
An article in the Chicago Defender
Post-1865 Research Process

The research found on this website was derived from student research in the Columbia University & Slavery class.  Students spent significant time with archival resources to develop the narrative.  Post-1865 research material can be found here More...

We hope that this website, very much a work in progress, will contribute to public understanding of the key role slavery has played in our nation’s history and offer an example to other institutions of higher learning as they pursue their own investigations.

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History
Student Researchers Examine Slavery and Columbia’s Early History | Columbia News