McGraw in Cortland County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Site of New York Central College
Dedicated to equality and brotherhood founded by American Baptist Free Mission Society
Erected 1985 by McGraw Historical Museum Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Education.
Location. 42° 35.508′ N, 76° 5.741′ W. Marker is in McGraw, New York, in Cortland County. Marker is on W Academy Street west of South Street, on the left when traveling west. Located in front of McGraw High School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10 W Academy Street, Mc Graw NY 13101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Churches (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lamont Memorial Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); McGraw World War II (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Baptist Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Port Watson (approx. 3.3 miles away); Headwaters of the Tioughnioga River (approx. 3.8 miles away); John Miller Samuel G. Hathaway (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McGraw.
Regarding Site of New York Central College. A small cemetery associated with the college is approximately 1/4 mile southwest of marker. The cemetery is the only remaining physical evidence of the school. The New York Central College Cemetery Walking Trail leads to the cemetery. The photos depict signs along the trail, which begins at left field corner of the high school baseball field.
Students included Emily and Mary Edmonson, who attempted to escape slavery with many others aboard the ship Pearl in Washington, DC in 1848. A statue in their honor is in Alexandria, VA.
Also see . . . New York Central College (Wikipedia).
The first college in the United States founded on the principle that all qualified students were welcome, regardless of race or gender, and the first college to hire African-American faculty.(Submitted on August 15, 2022, by Ralph Buglass of Potomac, Maryland.)
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