Brave Enough to be First
80 items in collection

When Janet Brown, Lynn Briley, and Karen Ely first moved into their freshmen dorms in Jefferson Hall at William & Mary, they were unaware of the significance of their presence — the three women were the first African Americans in residence at the college.


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Sankofa

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List of Slaves owned by the College of William & Mary

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Photograph of Henry Billups

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Henry Billup's Watch

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Reproduction of Henry  "Doc" Billups  

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Engraving of Henry Billups

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Photograph of President Alvin Duke Chandler

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Correspondence between Chandler and Assistant Attorney General

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Photograph of Hulon Willis

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Hulon Willis' letter of acceptance

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Departmental correspondence

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"First Negro is Awarded William & Mary Degree"

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Correspondence between Carter and Oliver

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Photograph of Miriam Carter

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Photograph of Oscar Blayton and Robert Weeks in "The Time of Your Life"

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"Time of Your Life" poster

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"The Changing Scene at William & Mary"

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"'Other Half' Lives No Differently, Find First Negro Coeds in Dorms"

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Photograph of Janet Brown

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Photograph of Karen Ely