National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Papers of John and Lugenia Burns Hope

(Microfilm Edition)

Morehouse College

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John Hope (1868 –1947) was an African-American president of Morehouse College for 25 years and champion of civil rights educator and political activist. He also served as the head of Atlanta University and was active in national civil rights movements. Lugenia Burns Hope (1871–1947) was a social reformer who’s Neighborhood Union and other community service organizations improved the quality of life for blacks in Atlanta. Her community involvement led her in 1908 to create the Neighborhood Union, the first woman-run social welfare agency for African Americans in Atlanta, which provided medical, recreational, employment, and educational services and became known for its community building and race and gender activism. The edition includes about 20,000 documents from the holdings of Atlanta University augmented by some from other institutions.

21 reels


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John and Lugenia Burns Hope with their sons, John and Edward. Courtesy Atlanta University Center


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