Students, Bishop College, Marshall, Texas, circa 1900

Oversize albumen photograph of students at Bishop College in Marshall, Texas. M[ose] E. Hughes: Marshall, Texas, n.d., circa 1900. African American students, both men and women, of various ages are captured here, posed on campus with a low fence visible in the background. Several benches dot the composition, some with stacks of books on top. "Students, Bishop College" inscribed in ink below photograph, and stamped "M.E. Hughes," on verso with location written in ink.

In its nascence, Bishop operated both a grammar school and high school in addition to the college. Industrial skills such as carpentry and wood-working were also taught, though its primary college-level programs were in the fields of religion and education. Bishop College was established in 1881 by the American Baptist Home Mission Society as a coeducational school for African Americans. It was named for Nathan Bishop (1808-1880), a white attorney and philanthropist who supported the establishment of the school. With Bishop's support, the Society purchased land in Marshall from both white and Black property holders to establish and expand the college campus. By 1910, Bishop College consisted of seven brick buildings, including student housing, classrooms, and administrative spaces. After the school relocated to Dallas in 1961, its Marshall campus was sold and all of the buildings were demolished. 


Mount corners lightly chipped and some edgewear. 

Estimate: $400 - $600
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