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The Great American Landmarks Adventure
Lincoln Hall, Berea College
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Berea College (Lincoln Hall)
Berea, Kentucky

Founded in 1855, Berea College was the first school in the South specifically set up to teach black and white students together. You can understand why the hall shown here, built in 1886, was named after President Abraham Lincoln and also why the college holds such an important place in our history of education. Part of the school's philosophy has always been that "mental and manual labor" go hand in hand to make a responsible adult. Besides classes, students are involved in work projects on campus. In fact, the bricks made for Lincoln Hall were made in the College brickyard and the stone was quarried by students. In 1904, State law forced Berea College to segregate. The law was changed in 1950 and, today, once again, students of all races study and work together here.

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