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Hood, William Lane

A native of Alabama, William Lane Hood entered Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1899, making him, in all probability the second African American student at the College, following only George Ruffum Bridgeforth. According to the US Census for 1880, Hood was a “mulatto” (mixed race) resident of Bear Creek, Ala., although his records at MAC list him variously as being from Birmingham or Vandiver, and was one of nine children born to Robert Hood, a farmer, and his wife Martha, who “kept house.”

After graduating from the normal (education) school at Talladega College in 1899, entered MAC. Identified as “The whitest man of his race.”

Lived at 32 NC in 1903 Index, where listed as from Vandiver, Ala.

1903 Index: “He was graduated from the Normal course in '99 and immediately entered the Massachusetts Agricultural college, and has not had a sound night's sleep since, his dreams always being troubled by a ghost of mathematics in a physic-al form. Mr. Hood played on the class football team and is one of the most patriotic men in college.”

CENSUS 1900: b. Dec. 1873 in Alabama; boarding in Amherst, “black.” Boarding @ 168-177 Listed as teaching at Creek-Seminole College in Oklahoma in 1916 Catalog of Graduates Catalog of the Officers and Students of Talladega College… for the Scholastic Year 1904-5 (Atlanta, 1905) lists him as Instructor in Agriculture and Military Science, Sango Baptist College, I.T.; then in 1905-6 (Kokomo, Ind., 1906) as “with” Industrial Missionary Association of Alabama Beloit,” and finally 1909-10 (Kokomo, Ind., 1910) as “Farmer, Sterretts” No response to letters from class agent in 1949, but listed in Mayfield, Ga.


References

  • Index for 1903
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