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Hampton University, Hampton

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Hampton University is a private historically black university located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1868 by black and white leaders of the American Missionary Association after the American Civil War to provide education to freedmen. In 1878 it established a program for teaching Native Americans, which lasted until 1923.HistoryThe campus looking south across the harbor of Hampton Roads was founded on the grounds of "Little Scotland", a former plantation in Elizabeth City County not far from Fortress Monroe and the Grand Contraband Camp that gathered nearby. These facilities represented freedom to former slaves, who sought refuge with Union forces during the first year of the war.The American Missionary Association (AMA) responded in 1861 to the former slaves' need for education by hiring its first mulatto teacher, Mary Smith Peake, who had secretly been teaching slaves and free blacks in the area despite the state's prohibition in law. She first taught for the AMA on September 17, 1861 and was said to gather her pupils under a large oak. After the tree was the site in 1863 of the first reading in the former Confederate states of the Emancipation Proclamation, it was called the Emancipation Oak. The tree, now a symbol of the university and of the city, is part of the National Historic Landmark District at Hampton University.
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  • Slow down and enjoy a nice walk on this large beautiful campus surrounded on three sides by water. The trees are large, the grass is beautiful and the buildings are nice to look at. Well maintained, p...  more »
  • My wife was traveling independently of me the last weekend in August and this is her review: The Emancipation Oak is not actually on the grounds of Hampton University, but other reviewers have reviewe...  more »
  • Rich history and a beautiful campus makes for a delightful experience. The Hampton University Museum is a must see when stepping foot on campus; the intriguing collection of artwork and artifacts disp...  more »
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  • I toured this institution a few years ago during my junior year of high school. I attended the Black College Tour, when I first saw the campus. The college is very picturesque with numerous majors, sports, and clubs to offer. The vibe from the students and staff is very welcoming and family-oriented. They have a lot of history behind them, by being the first place in the south to provide an education to african slaves as well as Native Americans under Emancipation Oak. Don't think because it's an HBC that only black people are allowed to attend this school. Hampton is very multicultural with a diverse student to staff body. Hence you may see the international circle in front of the Ogden Hall. They encourage you to stay motivated so you can study a major in your field and pursue your career. The dorms, land, river banks and peninsula area attracts outsiders and residents nearby. There are restaurants, parks, and a bank on the campus. There is some convenience to this area. It's on the parkway, right across the bridge from the nearest mall and minutes from Norfolk, VA Beach, Newport News, and Williamsburg. I strive to earn acceptance into a historical college such as this with a scholarship. It's motto is "The Standard of Excellence, an Education for Life" for a reason. They ode up to meeting the student's educational needs. Hampton will help anyone earn their degree so they can pursue a rewarding career. They also help you find off campus housing, and a job before and after you graduate! One thing I say they should tweak is their scholarship offers. They only offer traditional students scholarships. Many HBCUs accept transfer students along with continuing graduates, but won't offer them scholarships. Their tuition is very high. HU can make a project that will increase the funding to pay for the education, room and board, meals, labs, computers, matriculation fees etc. They could also improve on the communication as a school attempting to build their acceptance rate with their graduation rate. Overall, I love it! It's wonderful.
  • Probably the most beautiful campus in America with old and new buildings along an idyllic river.
  • I have friends who teach here part time and love their jobs. I work with veterans and many say the university is great for them. The University has a great band and the campus is very attractive. The university provides education for all races and all religions.
  • Best experience of my life. Proud to be a Hampton Alumni!
  • +JMJ It is my hope that Google Maps' staff will allow me to post here a review and photos for a Retreat House that I have visited several times when Retreats (silent) were scheduled by the Richmond Diocese. I have no affiliation with this university which I recently learned purchased the former retreat center called Holy Family Retreat House. I am submitting this review only to share photos of a truly, spiritually enriching retreat house. And, to bring emotional closure for a retreat center which holds memories of heartfelt and tender remembrances.The retreat center was once operated by a men's religious order, The Redemptorists, for nearly 52 years. I visited the "abandoned" property quite a few times before I left VA for AZ in 2013. I had even tried to generate interest in former Retreatants and faithful Catholics of the Diocese and elsewhere to promote restoration of the retreat center by the Redemptorists. Well, what is is! May those who have purchased this spiritually enriched property reap beneficial blessings.

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