Cheyney University Receives a Historic Diploma From Its Past

Cheyney University in Pennsylvania was founded in 1837 as the African Institute. Several weeks later the school’s name was changed to the Institute for Colored Youth.

Recently, the university received a donation of documents from Christopher John Logan of Medford, New Jersey, that included a diploma issued to Sarah P. Pemberton in 1879 by the Institute for Colored Youth. The donation included other documents that belonged to Logan’s uncle, Harry Boyer, who was an elevator operator at the John Wanamaker’s department store in downtown Philadelphia.


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