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FOREWORD There is a time in the life of every rational being, when he pauses, and takes a retrospective view of the life which he has lived over a period of years. This is not peculiar to the intelligentsia of any given community, but also to those who have not been ex- posed to the various arts and sciences of learning. It has been truly said, " no man can rise higher than he thinks, neither can his suc- cess be any greater than his ambition, and if he does not work for the better things of life, his future destiny lies in the hands of chance . " Today we are justly proud of the fact that our institutions of learning have sought beyond the realm of imagination to train men, and women for useful and profitable services, both to God, and their fellowmen. We cannot help but turn our minds to one of the most outstanding seats of learning in our country. The Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College stands with unquestionable air, as a beacon light among the gallaxy of universal schools of learning. To this college young men, and women of almost every land pay tribute, for the contribution it has made to their lives. This book is hereby named in remembrance of one of the most profound benefactors of Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College. Reference is made to Mr. A. L. Lewis, who was born on March 29, 1865, in West Florida. His initiative and zeal served as stepping stones to greater heights of achievements, and placed him among our greatest men in the business world. He was one of the founders of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, which under his efficient leadership, has become one of the most formid- able insurance companies in America. He was particularly interest- ed in the economic, social and cultural life of the Negro. With those factors uppermost in his mind, he laboured untiringly, and eventual- ly founded the Afro-American Pension Bureau, The American Beach (near Jacksonville), and the Lincoln Club. At the main entrance of the college there is an exquisite piece of architecture, an arch. It stands as a living monument, symbolizing one of the many gifts which this generous patriot has made to beauti- fy our campus. It is constructed of masonry, reminiscent of the indomitable courage, untiring patience, and christian fortitude with which the giver has served his race. It is affectionately known as the Lewis Memorial Arch, and for this reason, the yearbook bears the name, " The Arch " . It is sincerely hoped that this book will serve as an incentive to our youth to enter the gateway of learning and drink of the reservoir of knowledge provided within the walls of this institution. Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College will always be endeared by the ardent admirers of Mr. Lewis, and songs of gratitude will be sung down the corridors of time by its students.
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Mother Dorothy E. Littlejohn Mother Christine Valentine DEDICATION It is our unique privilege to enjoy personal contact with two of the pioneers of this college community. One of these pathfinders is Mother Christine Valentine who was born in Waycross, Ga. At twenty years of age she moved to Jack- sonville, Florida. For thirty-five years she has dedicated to this institution and community her keen insight, patient labor, prayer- ful devotion, superb guidance, and rich experiences. The other pioneer, Mother Dorothy Littlejohn was born in New- port, R. I. in 1877. She later moved to Boston, Massachusetts. For thirty years she has dedicated her New England refinement, lofty standards, and faithful service to this institution. Because of our sincere appreciation of these profound pioneer ' s faithful and indefatigable service, we the class of 1952 dedicate to them this yearbook -- THE ARCH.
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