George Washington Henderson, born into slavery in Virginia, moved to Vermont, as a teenager, at the end of the Civil War. Tutored at Underhill Academy, he was admitted into UVM and graduated in 1877. He was the first African-American inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He also received a master of arts degree at UVM and a bachelor’s degree in divinity from Yale. Henderson was principal at Craftsbury Academy and the Newport Grade School. He moved to Louisiana in 1888, where he became an ordained minister and later chair of theology at Straight University, dean of theology at Fish University, and finished his career at Wilberforce University as professor of Latin, Greek, and ancient literature.
This George Washington Henderson History Mug is part of our African American History and Vermont series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding Vermont’s history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.