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THE NEGRO AT THE CHARLESTON EXPOSITION.
The South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposi-
tion is no longer an experiment. The gigantic effort has been
pushed foward to completion. The Negro Building, situated
near the banks of the beautiful Ashley River, is the pride of
the Negro men and women of this city.
None but the chief of the different bureaus can tell with
what anxiety the progress was watched. No other depart-
ment had the difficulties to battle with that have confronted
us: chiefly difficult in awakening an interest among our peo-
ple. But when the Negro once understands his duty, he is
no sluggard. As a result, nearly every foot of space in the
building was occupied.
The eyes of the North! East and West were turned upon
this Southern enterprise, and the most wonderful feature of
it all was the Negro Building. How a people of such limited
powers, such discouraging environments, could do so much in
such limiited time, is a marvel. Only toil and brain could have
accomplished what was done.
The managers of the Bureaus in the Negro Building
Thomas E. Miller, Bureau of Agriculture.
J. N. Thurston, Bureau of Manufactures.
Thomas Bomar, Bureau of Mechanics.
Kelly Miller, Bureau of Education.
R. J. Macbeth, Bureau of Dentistry.