Hood, William Lane (1903)
African American student at the College, following only George Ruffum Bridgeforth and coincident with his classmate William W. Peebles. According to the US Census for 1880, Hood was a resident of Bear Creek, Ala., one of nine “mulatto” children born to Robert Hood, a farmer, and his wife Martha, who “kept house.” Somewhat mysteriously, Hood is listed in MAC sources as being from Birmingham or Vandiver.
After graduating from the normal (education) school at Talladega College in 1899, Hood entered MAC. The Index for 1903 identifies him, probably intending humor, as “The whitest man of his race” and notes that since he began at MAC, he had “not had a sound night's sleep since, his dreams always being troubled by a ghost of mathematics in a physic-al form.” Sharing a room with Peebles for one of his years on campus, Hood was a member of the class football team and was considered by him classmates as “one of the most patriotic men in college.”
Like a number of of other early African American graduates of MAC, Hood embarked on a career in higher education after leaving Amherst. Talladega College reported that Hood became an Instructor in Agriculture and Military Science at Sango Baptist College, Oklahoma, in 1905, and as working with the Industrial Missionary Association of Alabama in the next year. MAC reported him in 1916 as teaching at “Creek-Seminole College” in Oklahoma.
Although the agent for the Class of 1902 reported no response to inquiries in 1949, he listed Hood's last known address as Mayfield, Ga.
- Index for 1903
- Catalog of the Officers and Students of Talladega College… for the Scholastic Year 1904-5 (Atlanta, 1905)
- Catalog of the Officers and Students of Talladega College… for the Scholastic Year 1909-10 (Kokomo, Ind., 1910)
- Catalog of Graduate and Former Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College (Amherst, Mass., 1916)