North Carolina Newspapers

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Volume XXXIX
No. 1
Kev. Aaron Burtis Hunter, D.D., for many
years head of St. Augustine’s, died in Manchester,
Vermont, on July 12th. At the time of his death
the following editorial appeared in 7 he Raleigh
Neivs and Observer:
“No gentler gentleman ever lived in Raleigh
than Dr. Aaron Burtis Hunter who came irom
Pennsylvania nearly half a century ago to dove
his life to the education of young Negroes in the
St. Augustine’s School.
Even in the eighties in the South^men who
eame from the North to educate the Negro were
still viewed with some slight suspicion by a peop e
who had seen other men with carpetbags coming
from the North two decades before. Dr. Hunter
was the perfect antithesis of the carpetbaggei an
a high example of those other northern men lo
came to the South after the war with only good
wishes in their hearts and carried only good
wishes away.
Fortunately for Raleigh, however, Dr. Huntei
remained. For twenty-seven years he was active
in making St. Augustine’s an excellent school tor
the colored race. After his retirement as its head,
lie travelled, collected books, and moved among
his friends. His collection of books, many o
them dating from the first century of printing,
enriches the library of the University of Nor i
Carolina. His life and his services enriched the
town of his adoption.”
Dr. Hunter’s body was brought to Raleigh on
September 12th and conveyed to St. Augustine s
Chapel by a group of prominent Raleigh citizens
where it remained until the funeral in Chiist
Church in Raleigh on the 14th. Christ Church
was crowded with the friends of Dr. Hunter, of
both races. Bishop Penick, Rev. Dr. Barber o
Christ Church, Rev. Mr. Goold, President of St.
Augustine’s College, and the Rev. J. W. Hern-
tage, a graduate of St. Augustine’s and President
of the Alumni Association, took part in the serv
ice. The pallbearers were teachers and former
students of St. Augustine’s who had been at St.
Augustine’s under Dr. Hunter. There were also
present many of the clergy of both races. The
interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in a plot not
far from the grave of Dr. J. Brinton Smith, first
lioad of St. Augustine’s and Dr. Mary Glenton,
for many years superintendent of St. Agnes Hos
The Wake County Inter-Racial Committee
In Memory of the
and of the
It is -with joy and thanksgiving that we make
mention of the names of the Rt. Rev. Joseph
Blount Cheshire, D.D., Bishop of North Carolina,
and of the Rev. Aaron Burtis Hunter, D.D.,
sometime principal of St. Augustine’s School.
As Principal of St. Augustine’s School for over
twenty-five years, Dr. Hunter not only built an
educational institution but created an inter-racial
understanding and relationship of mutual respect
that have been carried as far as the graduates
have gone, and that have entered into the endur
ing foundation of the present college.
Bishop Cheshire through all the years of his
long and powerful life stood firmly for the justice
and the friendship between the races that made
him the trusted friend and adviser, the one to be
depended upon by those who sought the honest
ground of co-operation and good-will.
To such men always, to these two men most
emphatically, the future to Avhich we all look
forward will be indebted more than we can know
or can possibly express.
Bertha Richakds, Chairman.
Edgar H. Goold
Louise M. Latham
Wiixiam Stuart Nelson
N. C. Newbold
October 31, E. McNeill Poteat
1933. Harold L. Trigg
(From The Raleigh News and Observer)
Dr. Hunter, president emeritus of St. Augus
tine’s College, leading Negro institution here, was
outstanding in the affairs of the Episcopal church
and had devoted much of his untiring efforts to
the welfare of St. Augustine’s. He came to the
institution in 1888 and served as vice-principal
until 1891. St. Augustine’s had not attained the
college standard at that time. Dr. Hunter served
as principal from 1891 to 1915.
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