First Ivy League College Black Graduates
During the time of American slavery, only Dartmouth and a few other colleges opened doors to men of African descent. Caleb Watts, raised as a slave, was tutored in 1774-75 by Dartmouth's founder, Rev. Eleazer Wheelock at Moor's Charity School, a forerunner of the College. Prince Saunders, son of a freed slave, studied at Moor's in 1808 before emigrating to Haiti to counsel the republic's leaders. In 1828 Edward Mitchell earned a bachelor's degree, 42 years before other Ivy League schools graduated self-identified men of color.