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Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D.  

Website of HISTORIAN and founder of the EQUITY INSTITUTE FOR RACE-CONSCIOUS PEDAGOGY, LLC

William Howard Day

Online Database

This page is dedicated to everything-William Howard Day. It will be updated frequently. So, please, return to the page. Resources on this page will include, but not limited to:

  1. Primary documents from Day's era (newspapers, speeches, lithographs, and more.)
  2. Photos of book talks, lectures, and events related to W. H. Day (all images on this site are public domain or Todd Mealy has purchased the photos.)
  3. Images of Day landmarks
  4. Secondary source recommendations, books that compare to "Aliened American", a reading list
  5. Educational tools and lesson plans for how to implement W. H. Day into the classroom

WITF FM INTERVIEW - Feb18, 2015, with Smart Talk host Scott LaMar

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WITF FM INTERVIEW - Feb. 6, 2015, with Arts and Culture host Cary Burkett

OPINION/BOOK REVIEW: "Eric Foner's 'Gateway to Freedom' wonderfully uncovers everything about the Underground Railroad in New York except one of that city's greatest African American products--William Howard Day." by Todd Mealy, January 26, 2015

DOCUMENT: Wm. H. Day's 1887 interview with a FRANKLIN TIMES reporter, revealing his involvement printing John Brown's Constitution.

Decades after the October 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry, William Howard Day speaks about his involvement with John Brown.

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DOCUMENT: Monument to the late Rev. Dr. Wm. Howard Day Dedicated, Harrisburg Telegraph

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DOCUMENT: William H. Day, Esq. M.A., speaks November 29, 1859 at the Free South Leith Church with Rev. William King of the Elgin Refugee Slave Settlement.

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DOCUMENT: Wm. Howard Day speaks at the U.S.C.T. Grand Review in Harrisburg, November 17, 1865 in the Cleveland Daily Leader.

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DOCUMENT: "The World Moves", April 23, 1867, Philadelphia Evening Telegraph.

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DOCUMENT: Wm. Howard Day gives the eulogy at the funeral of Underground Railroad operative Thomas Garrett in Wilmington, DE, Jan. 1, 1871

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IMAGE: LUCIE ANN STANTON (DAY) SESSIONS

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DOCUMENT: Controversy surrounding Day accepting a job for state auditor general, making him the first African American employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Bloomfield Times, January 21, 1873.

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DOCUMENT: Day to speak at 15th Amendment Anniversary Celebration in Petroleum, Pennsylvania City Hall. Petroleum Centre Daily Record, July 11, 1873.

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DOCUMENT: Harrisburg Telegraph. "State Equal Rights League" August 21, 1874. "...one of the founders of the League." (Found in the first column)

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DOCUMENT: Brought to a close: A.M.E. Zion Church

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DOCUMENT: Wm. Howard Day elected president of the Harrisburg School Board, making him the first African American school board president. June 11, 1892, Harrisburg Telegraph. Pictured included.

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DOCUMENT: Jane Chester Obituary, Prof. W. Howard Day conducted the service. Harrisburg Telegraph, March 19, 1894, 1.

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DOCUMENT: Lebanon Daily News. Wm. Howard Day Obituary, "Prominent Colored Man." December 4, 1900.

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DOCUMENT: Reading Times. Wm Howard Day Obituary, "Noted Colored Man Dead." December 4, 1900.

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DOCUMENT: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Wm. Howard Day Obituary: "Rev. Howard Day." Dec. 4, 1900

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DOCUMENT: New York Times. Wm. Howard Day Obituary: "The Rev. Dr. William Howard Day." Dec. 4, 1900

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DOCUMENT: New York Tribune. Wm. Howard Day Obituary: "The Rev. Dr. W. H. Day." Dec. 4, 1900, p. 9.

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DOCUMENT: Philadelphia Times. Wm. Howard Day Obituary: "Great Colored Educator Dead." Dec. 4, 1900, 8.

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DOCUMENT: Wilkes-Barre Record. Wm. H. Day Obituary: "Death of an Historic Character." Dec. 5, 1900, 5.

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DOCUMENT: Harrisburg Daily Independent. W. H. Day's Funeral: "Dr. William Howard Day's Funeral." Dec. 8, 1900, 2. 

(Communicated by William H. Marshall, a former student)

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DOCUMENT: Harrisburg Daily Independent. Public Resolution for Day. "Professor William Howard Day." Dec. 8, 1900, 2.

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DOCUMENT: Colored American, Wm. Howard Day's Obituary, December 8, 1900

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DOCUMENT: William Howard Day Obituary, December 15, 1900, Colored American

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DOCUMENT: "Industries From Park Zone Widely Scattered: The William Howard Day School" by J. Howard Wert, August 2, 1917, Harrisburg Telegraph

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DOCUMENT: W. Howard Day's marriage announcement to Georgie F. Bell, Sunbury American, June 7, 1873

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Speeches by William Howard Day

Todd's Lecture Handouts

"Professor William Howard Day and the effort to desegregate Pennsylvania's public schools in the post Civil War era" (To be turned into an article and published in Pennsylvania Heritage, June 2016)

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"Commencing the Dream: Wm. H. Day & the Genesis Generation" (A lecture given at Widener University-Law's MLK Celebration, 2012)

"William Howard Day and the Political Complexities of the Underground Railroad"

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