Nestled near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, the beautiful campus of Hampton University has also served as a launching pad for some of the brightest change makers in Black history. The school was founded in 1868 as the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, later becoming an accredited university in 1984.
But its historical ties to emancipation, early slave education, Native American history and liberation run deep. Over 150 years since it was made a place of refuge and education, the school now boasts 118 buildings, 903 degrees offered and over 4,500 students coming from 26 different countries.
Below, see who attended this amazing HBCU in Virginia.