Adam Simpson Green, Colby College in Waterville, 1887

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Adam Simpson Green was the first Black person to graduate from Colby College in 1887. He was also the fourth recorded person of color to graduate from a Maine college. He was born on December 19, 1857 in Aberdeen, Mississippi.

Green was the oldest person in his class when he attended Colby. He was almost 30 when he graduated. At Colby, Green expressed many of his opinions about the state of the nation after the Civil War in several articles that he wrote for the Colby Echo. He commented mostly on the social, moral, and political statuses of Black men from the South.

After graduation, Green worked in Texas, but later traveled back to Waterville to work to receive his masters, which he obtained on July 2, 1890 with twelve of his fellow classmates. During the fall of that same year, Green entered the Newton Theological Institute, receiving his B.D. in 1893. He worked as a teacher and pastor across the United States.

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  • Title: Adam Simpson Green, Colby College in Waterville, 1887
  • Creation Date: circa 1887
  • Subject Date: circa 1887
  • Location: Waterville, Kennebec County, ME
  • Media: Albumen print
  • Dimensions: 15 cm x 10.2 cm
  • Local Code: Alumnae files
  • Collection: Colbiana Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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