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William Hooper Councill was once standing on the slave auction…

October 31, 2016

William Hooper Councill was once standing on the slave auction block in Hunstville, Ala. But by his death in the late 1800s, he was a free man, owned a plot of land and founded Alabama A&M, a historically black college, in the same town where he was once a slave.

Debra Clark-Russell, Councill’s great-great-granddaughter, submitted a photo of her first visit to campus to Historically Black, The Washington Post Tumblr project. She heard of Councill’s work from family stories, and several of her relatives were guests on the campus and even acted as student ambassadors for prospective black youth in the early 1970s. But Clark-Russell had never set foot on the land that was his life’s work. At age 49, she visited the Alabama A&M campus with her two children for the first time.

Read more: Her great-great-grandfather was born a slave. Almost 200 years later, she visited the HBCU he built.

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Source: Washington Post

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