Founded in 1868 as an institute of higher learning for newly freed people, Hampton University has grown into one of the nation's top-ranked colleges and universities. This prestigious institution overlooking the Hampton River is the site of six National Historic Landmarks, including Emancipation Oak, where it is believed President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was first read to the residents of Hampton.
Also founded in 1868, the Hampton University Museum is one of America's most remarkable facilities. The museum's collection of more than 9,000 objects and works of art is representative of cultures and people from the around the world and is the largest African-American collection the Southeastern U.S. The collection is elegantly housed on campus in the Huntington Building. It is the oldest museum in Virginia. A changing gallery highlights the works of both new and established multicultural artists.