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Nov 28, 2022
We Are Equal Exhibit
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Andrew J. Foster Exhibit
Andrew Jackson Foster was the first Black Deaf student to graduate from Gallaudet University after the Jim Crow era. Although he was allowed to enroll, the campus atmosphere was no less racist than the world outside it, and Foster’s experiences with bullying spurred him to graduate in only three years. Undeterred, he pursued his life’s mission, opening schools for Deaf children in countries throughout Africa. Gallaudet University is proud of Foster’s legacy. Still, we must honor the hardships he faced on campus to truly understand and appreciate his great success.
Andrew J. Foster: Missionary, Educator, and Advocate exhibition was unveiled on April 8, 2014, along with Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond and Then and Now exhibitions as part of Gallaudet University’s sesquicentennial celebration.
Andrew J. Foster: Missionary, Educator, and Advocate exhibition was a rotating exhibit that was on display until October 19, 2017.
The front side of the original rotating exhibit that was unveiled on April 8, 2014.
Photo courtesy of Dick Moore.
The backside of the original rotating exhibit with three Gallaudet students looking at the display.
Photo courtesy of Shane Dundas and the National Deaf Life Museum.
The National Deaf Life Museum would like to thank the exhibition team members for their contribution and for making Andrew J. Foster: Missionary, Educator, and Advocate rotating exhibition a reality. Co-Curators Isaac O. Agboola, Ph.D., '81 & G-'83 Meredith Peruzzi, '11, National Deaf Life Museum...
The legacy of Andrew J. Foster continues on, especially through others sharing his memory and narratives with us. Below are links relating to Foster: Honoring Andrew Foster, February 12, 2020. ASL Connect, Gallaudet University. Photo still courtesy of ASL Connect. "Sign language needs policy protection...
The dreams we have as children do not always come true, but even as a young boy Andrew Foster wanted to go to Africa to preach the gospel. His dream became a reality, and over 50 years later, his legacy continues, putting thousands of deaf...
Andrew Foster was not alone in his passion for educating and converting deaf Africans. He met his wife, Berta, in Germany, and they married in Nigeria in 1961. Having five children did not slow down their work, and together they founded the Africa Bible College...
Andrew Foster's chief goal in Africa was religious education and conversion, and he felt countries were responsible for the general education of their own deaf citizens. With some success, he persuaded authorities to take on the responsibility and encourage networking and collaboration among educators. In...
Deaf Americans see Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet as the founders of deaf education in the U.S., and many deaf Africans look to Andrew Foster in the same way. Before his arrival in Africa in 1957, the continent's only schools for deaf children were...
Andrew Foster was a guiding sun in Nigeria and throughout Africa. I hope we Africans will do something as important as what he did for us." - Idemudia Lawrence, '05, 2004 1957: Accra, Ghana 1960: Ibadan, Nigeria 1962: Enugu-Nsukka, Nigeria 1962: Kaduna, Nigeria 1973: Center...
Andrew and Berta's son Tim Foster has carried the torch lit by his parents throughout Africa. Working with the Christian Mission for the Deaf, he continues to ensure deaf children receive education. Tim Foster on mission trip to N'Djamena, Chad, 2012 Courtesy of the Andrew...
Andrew Foster is born in Ensley, Alabama. Andrew and his brother Edward become deaf due to an outbreak of meningitis. Foster moves to Detroit for better opportunities, completes high school, and earns a business school diploma. Completing his degree in only three years, Foster is...
Traveling in rural Africa can be dangerous. In 1987, a 12-passenger flight from Kenya crashed in Rwanda, and with it Andrew Foster's work was cut short. His legacy, however, cannot be underestimated. Thousands of deaf children have received education from his schools, that they could...
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