Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr. Historical Photographs, 1920-1930

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Asa H. Gordon Library Special Collections
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Chatham County (Ga.)
Savannah (Ga.)
Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youths
Savannah State University (Savannah, Ga.)
African American universities and colleges--Georgia—Savannah
Universities and Colleges -- Georgia -- Savannah
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2016-04-06
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A selection of photographs (1920-1930) from the Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr. collection. Major Richard R. Wright, Sr. served as the first president of Georgia State Industrial College. During his thirty year tenure, enrollment increased from 8 to 585 students and the expanded curriculum included a normal division, courses in agriculture and mechanical arts, and four years of high school. The college awarded its first baccalaureate degree in 1898. He was an American military officer, educator, politician, civil rights advocate, and banking entrepreneur, who served as president from 1891 to 1921. Wright resigned as President in June 1921 and moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There he opened the only African-American owned bank in the north, Citizens & Southern Bank & Trust. He was the first African American to serve as an Army paymaster and was the highest ranking African-American officer during the Spanish-American war.
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