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Pasture Point in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mary Smith Kelsey Peake

 
 
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By Sarah erlandson, November 11, 2017
1. Mary Smith Kelsey Peake Marker
Inscription.  Born free in Norfolk in 1823, Mary Peake devoted herself to the education of African Americans. About 1850, she founded the Daughters of Zion to aid the poor and the sick. A seamstress by day, Peake violated state law to teach her fellow blacks at night. During the Civil War, protected and encouraged by the occupying Union army and prominent local leaders, she taught openly in the shade of the Emancipation Oak in Hampton and at Fort Monroe. She founded the first black school in Hampton—a forerunner of Hampton University—at Brown Cottage in September 1861. Peake died on 22 Feb. 1862.
 
Erected 2008 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-97.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEducationWar, US CivilWomen. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 22, 1862.
 
Location. 37° 1.917′ N, 76° 20.678′ W. Marker is in Pasture Point in Hampton, Virginia
Mary Smith Kelsey Peake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, January 20, 2019
2. Mary Smith Kelsey Peake Marker
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. Marker is at the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Wine Street, on the right when traveling west on Poplar Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton VA 23669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Hampton (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hampton Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hampton Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Black Business (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2017, by Sarah erlandson of Hampton, Virginia. This page has been viewed 277 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 11, 2017, by Sarah erlandson of Hampton, Virginia.   2. submitted on February 10, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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