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Guilford College, a Quaker-supported four-year liberal arts school in Greensboro, N.C., was chartered in 1834 and opened in 1837 as New Garden Boarding School.
Images in the 1949 Guilford College yearbook, The Quaker, highlight both the continued presence of international students and in a rare candid photograph, the presence of an African-American staff on campus. A sophomore photo of Adli Allis from Bieh-Ramallah, Palestine, was representative of the continued and growing numbers of international students at the college. At the same time however, African American students were still not enrolled at the college, and African American staff, while certainly a significant part of the campus life, were rarely pictured in publications. The candid photograph of Mary Hobbs Hall’s cook, Annie Maude, highlighted the reality of African American staff as a part of the campus community which was often overlooked by publications.
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