First African American Graduates Same Year as Stephen


Fannie Barrier

 1870 proves to be a momentous year for Stephen and at Brockport Normal School.  He graduates in July after a two-year teacher's preparation program.  

Fannie Barrier becomes the first African-American to graduate from Brockport with his class.  

It is gratifying to know the loss of life, and in Stephen's case, limb during the Civil War was not in vain. 

Note: More about Fannie Barrier found here