Episode 13

Black Man's Burden, Chapter 7


January 25th, 2024

21 mins 25 secs

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About this Episode

A reading of William Holtzclaw's autobiography, Black Man's Burden. Chapter 7. William Holtzclaw was the founder of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute, a "Little Tuskegee" in rural Utica, Mississippi. His book, the first published by an African American in Mississippi, recounts his journey in establishing the school.

In Chapter 7 of "The Black Man's Burden," Holtzclaw reflects on the collaborative efforts of individuals, including farmers, to sustain the school. Subscription lists, festivals, and community contributions were instrumental in funding the school. The narrative delves into the challenges faced, such as the need for a boarding department due to an influx of students from a distance. The story highlights personal sacrifices, like the principal's living conditions and the improvisation of a boarding place. The account concludes with an anecdote about overcoming difficulties during a critical time in the school's establishment.

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