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

Emancipation Oak

 
 
Emancipation Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
1. Emancipation Oak Marker
Inscription.  To the west, on the grounds of Hampton University, stands the Emancipation Oak. Under its sheltering limbs, protected and encouraged by the occupying Union army and prominent local church leaders, Mary Smith Kelsey Peake (1823- 22 Feb. 1862) taught her fellow African Americans to read and write as the Civil War began. She founded the first black school in Hampton at Brown Cottage in September 1861; it was a forerunner of Hampton University. In 1863, following the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, Hampton residents gathered beneath the oak to hear the text read aloud.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-98.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansHorticulture & ForestryWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 1.42′ N, 76° 19.843′ W. Marker is in Phoebus in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Hampton Roads Beltway (Interstate 64) and Settlers Landing Road (Virginia Route
Wide view of the Emancipation Oak Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
2. Wide view of the Emancipation Oak Marker
143) on Hampton Roads Beltway. The marker is located at the eastbound I-64 on-ramp from Settlers Landing Road. 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. John Baptist Pierce (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampton Institute (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Emancipation Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); Phoebus (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Church at Kecoughtan (approx. 0.2 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. ¼ mile away); Hampton VAMC National Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hampton Indian Program (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoebus.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hampton University : Emancipation Oak. The Emancipation Oak stands near the entrance of the Hampton University campus and is a lasting symbol of the university’s rich heritage and perseverance. (Submitted on May 17, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. The Library of Virginia African American Trailblazers 2010: Mary Peake. Peake was a dedicated instructor, creating a school for adults in the evenings and continuing to teach despite failing health, even when was she was bedridden. (Submitted on May 17, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Emancipation Oak image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
3. Emancipation Oak
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 778 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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