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Solomon Pool (1832-1901)

North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives

Taking over state government in 1868, the Republicans installed a new board of trustees who accepted the existing resignations of President Swain and the faculty. The new president was Solomon Pool, an 1853 graduate and former instructor of mathematics. Of the five new faculty members, two had come to North Carolina to educate the former slaves. Pool and his colleagues denounced their predecessors' links with the Confederacy and tried to open the university to disadvantaged white youths. They considered the possiblity of a separate campus for black students, but not the admission of blacks to Chapel Hill.