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June 7, 2010

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The Athanaeum Society, 1887. Standing second from the left is Alfred Hampton, class of 1888 and the first African-American graduate of Antioch College. This is the only known photograph of him as a student. Hampton became a Baptist minister, returning to Yellow Springs briefly in 1900-01 as minister of the First Baptist Church. In 1938, while visiting his nephew Joe Curl, he was interviewed in The Antiochian. When asked what he thought of the Antiochians of 1938, he said "I think that the young men and young ladies of today, considering the way things have changed, are a fine bunch of people. You hear a lot about the degeneration of the younger generation, but I think that you're just as good as we ever were."