Physics Class, Institute for Colored Youth, Cheyney, PA, 1905.
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Men and women sit at desk in a classroom

Credit: © Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

In 1902 the ICY moved to a farm about 25 miles west of Philadelphia and soon became known as Cheyney. On its rural campus, Cheyney provided instruction in the arts and sciences that prepared its students to teach in public schools. Increasingly the educational model shifted from manual training skills to a normal school curriculum, and then to a full fledged liberal arts curriculum. In the 1920s Cheyney joined other normal schools in a system of state teachers colleges and after 1982, as a comprehensive regional university.

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