Educator William Jasper Hale is born.
1876 (Sep 26)
William Jasper Hale began his administrative work at a small Black elementary school and worked his way up to the role of principal of the Black St. Elmo secondary school in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1911 Hale was appointed principal of the Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School, Tennessee's first and only Black state college. He later became its president. His administrative talents helped land the school a fully accredited four-year status in the 1920s. During Hale's thirty-one-year-tenure, enrollment grew from 200 to 3,000. Hale was president of the conference of the Negro Land grant colleges, and he founded and was president of the Tennessee inter-racial league. He received the Harmon foundation medal in 1930 for advancing Black education in the south and was a member of the Nashville board of trade and of President Herbert Hoover's Negro housing committee. Hale died on October 5, 1944, in New York City.