Beacon Lights of the Race. Green P. Hamilton.
Beacon Lights of the Race
Beacon Lights of the Race

Beacon Lights of the Race

Memphis: E. H. Clarke & Brother, 1911. 1st ed. Hardcover. photos, 546, [2]p. Original maroon cloth. 23 cm. Cover sound with minor fraying at extremities and some moderate staining and spotting. Contents sound and clean with only minor soiling here and there and some brown spots on a couple of leaves. No jacket. Green Polonius Hamilton, an African American, was born and raised in Memphis. He was appointed Principal in 1892 of Kortrecht High (later renamed Booker T. Washington High), apparently the only public school high school for African Americans in Memphis, and served as Principal of that school for most, if not all, of the rest of his life. Three Memphis public schools (Hamilton Elementary School, Hamilton Junior High School and Hamilton High School) were named after him. Hamilton also wrote two race uplift biographical works -- The Bright Side of Memphis in 1908 and this book three years later. Both works are extremely uncommon collections of biographical sketches of prominent African Americans – the first book focused on Memphis; the 72 biographical sketches in this volume were drawn from six Southern States (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia (only three sketches), Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The only outlier is Lilllian L. Smith of Denver, Colorado, the only biographical sketch in this book devoted to a woman (and she was born in Memphis). Very Good. Item #89828

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