Black History Month – Did you know?

No I did not know! That is why it is important to be tuned in with blogs. Thank you J. Gray.

J. Gray Researching

Our Great Granduncle
In 1895, with the inauguration of the school for colored people at Bluefield, Mr. Hatter was appointed by Hon. Virgil A. Lewis to the head of the institution and served as principal for the first ten years of its history. Beginning with nothing, he practically created Bluefield Colored Institute. He was superintendent of the building, managed the school and taught at the same time. Sometimes even after that, he had to take his turn at guarding the property at night.

I just found out today that:

1) In 1893, he also received the patent for a machine that would improve the harvest process Indian corn more efficiently!

2) Bluefield College in Mercer County, WV has named their Presidents House after Hamilton Hatter and it’s also now a historical landmark (1999).

In 1895, with the inauguration of the school for colored people at Bluefield, Mr. Hatter was appointed by Hon. Virgil A. Lewis to the head of the institution and served as principal for the first ten years of its history. Beginning with nothing, he practically created Bluefield Colored Institute. He was superintendent of the building, managed the school and taught at the same time. Sometimes even after that, he had to take his turn at guarding the property at night. I just found out today that: In 1893, he also received the patent for a harvest machine that would process Indian corn more efficiently!  Bluefield College in Mercer County, WV named their Presidents House after Hamilton Hatter and it's now a historical landmark (1999).

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Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for over 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI), presents Genealogy 101 workshops at the local community college, state and national genealogy conferences. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership and works as an adjunct professor for Averett University. Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started” Methods and Strategies for genealogy research, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. She is an instructor for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Adjunct Professor, Professional Genealogist. Volunteers for American Red Cross as a Disaster Services Instructor, facilitates financial education workshops for the last 8 years, and former licensed Real Estate Broker
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