Fundraising letter for Florida Normal & Industrial Institute, 1p, 8.5 x 11 in., circa 1918, illustrated with a mounted photograph of potential student Parale Ricks, a young African American woman described as "the daughter of a widowed mother" who is "making a courageous fight to secure at least an academic training for the duties and responsibilities of life." Photograph approx 2.25 x 3 in., flanked on each side by a testimonial promoting the work of the school, including one from Mary E. Woolley, President of Mt. Holyoke College. Letter signed in type by Dr. and Mrs. W.C. King, prominent residents of Springfield, Massachusetts. Accompanied by a return envelope addressed to Nathan W. Collier, Principal, Florida Normal & Industrial Institute in St. Augustine, Florida.
The fundraising letter begins, "This Christian girl is commended to your kindly consideration. / She did not come into the world endowed with that rich heritage of Ancestry, Privilege and Opportunity enjoyed by the Anglo-Saxon. She belongs to a less favored race, long deprived of the common opportunities and privileges equally enjoyed in the North, regardless of race or color." The letter continues, "The great masses of the colored people of the South, are earnestly striving, under difficult conditions and restricted privileges, to educate their children...." Florida Normal & Industrial Institute (now Florida Memorial University in Miami) was a private, historically Black educational institution led for over four decades by Nathan W. Collier, a leading academic administrator and activist.
Letter with folds an some toning, overall good. Envelope browned.
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