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Indian College

 
 
Indian College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 6, 2014
1. Indian College Marker
Inscription. Near this spot from 1655 to 1698 stood the Indian College. Here American Indian and English students lived and studied in accordance with the 1650 charter of Harvard College calling for the education of the English and Indian youth of this country.

The Indian College was Harvard’s first brick building and housed the college printing press where from 1659 to 1663 was printed the first Bible in North America, the Algonquian translation by John Eliot.

Of the first five American Indians to attend Harvard College, Joel Iacoomes, Eleazar, Benjamin Larnell died prior to graduation, John Wampus left and became a mariner, Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck of the Wampanoag tribe, class of 1665, was the first American Indian to graduate.

This plaque was placed by the Harvard University Native American Program, 1997. A gift of A. Ray Halbritter, HLS ’90, to his parents Ray and Gloria, sister Karen and brother Barry.

 
Erected 1997 by Harvard University Native American Program.
 
Location. 42° 22.43′ N, 71° 7.087′ W. Marker is in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Touch for map. While not visible from the street, the slate marker is on the east-facing wall, southeast
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By Roger W. Sinnott, October 6, 2014
2. Matthews Hall
One of the freshman dormitories in Harvard Yard, Matthews was built in 1872. The marker is visible at the far end of the building in this view. The path leads directly out of the Yard toward Harvard Square.
corner, of Matthews Hall at Harvard University. Matthews is in the oldest part of the campus, near the corner at Harvard Square. Marker is in this post office area: Cambridge MA 02138, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fourth Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen Daye (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cambridge (about 300 feet away); Hollis Hall (about 400 feet away); Way to Charlestown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (approx. ¼ mile away); Gen. Casimir Pulaski (approx. ¼ mile away); These Cannon Were Abandoned (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
Also see . . .
1. Harvard Gazette. A 1997 article about the marker’s dedication. (Submitted on October 8, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

2. Harvard Gazette. Article from 2011 about the diploma, awarded 346 years late, to Joel Iacoomes of the Wampanoag tribe. (Submitted on October 8, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraEducationNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2014, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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