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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 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.”

7 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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