Mary Smith Kelsey Peake

Mary Smith Kelsey Peake (HM22S9)

Location: Hampton, VA 23669
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 1.917', W 76° 20.678'

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Born free in Norfolk in 1823, Mary Peake devoted herself to the education of African Americans. About 1850, she founded the Daughters of Zion to aid the poor and the sick. A seamstress by day, Peake violated state law to teach her fellow blacks at night. During the Civil War, protected and encouraged by the occupying Union army and prominent local leaders, she taught openly in the shade of the Emancipation Oak in Hampton and at Fort Monroe. She founded the first black school in Hampton—a forerunner of Hampton University—at Brown Cottage in September 1861. Peake died on 22 Feb. 1862.
HM NumberHM22S9
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 12th, 2017 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 380406 N 4099261
Decimal Degrees37.03195000, -76.34463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 1.917', W 76° 20.678'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 1' 55.02" N, 76° 20' 40.68" W
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Area Code(s)757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-111 Poplar Ave, Hampton VA 23669, US
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