“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Mary Smith Kelsey Peake

Mary Smith Kelsey Peake Marker image. Click for full size.
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.)
Location. 37° 1.917′ N, 76° 20.678′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Hampton (approx. ¼ mile away); The Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hampton Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hampton Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Sclater Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Northeast Corner (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elizabeth City Parish (approx. 0.4 miles away); Virginia Laydon (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hampton.
Categories. African AmericansEducationWar, US CivilWomen
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2017, by Sarah erlandson of Hampton, Virginia. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on November 11, 2017, by Sarah erlandson of Hampton, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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