Lecture: Frederick Douglass Patterson’s America
Frederick Douglass Patterson’s America: Reimagining a Democracy
Jontyle Theresa Robinson is curator and assistant professor at the Legacy Museum at Tuskegee University. She is also a United Negro College Fund/Mellon Faculty Fellow for the National Humanities Center. She curated and coauthored “Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African American Women Artists,” the first exhibition/catalogue of contemporary African American women artists touring America, for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s contribution to the 1996 Olympics. She is presently conducting research for the 30-year anniversary of “Bearing Witness,” a digital version of the 1996 exhibition, and an exhibition and catalogue called “Revelations from Bearing Witness” for 2026.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is currently celebrating the centennial of the graduation of Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson, who was the fourth Black graduate of the veterinary college. Dr. Patterson went on to become the president of Tuskegee Institute, where he established the College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Engineering, and the aviation program that later developed into the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II fame. He is also the founder of the United Negro College Fund and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Reagan, one of only two ISU graduates to receive this prestigious honor.