The Emancipation Oak stands near the entrance of the Hampton University campus. The Emancipation Oak is a lasting symbol of the university’s rich heritage and perseverance. In 1863, the members of the Virginia Peninsula’s black community gathered around the oak to hear a prayer answered.
The Emancipation Oak was the site of the first Southern reading of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The oak’s has limbs that sprawl over a hundred feet in diameter. The National Geographic Society designated The Emancipation Oak one of the “10 Great Trees of the World.”
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