A welcome day of rest in the picturesque town of Berea.
Enjoyed breakfast at the Berea Coffee and Tea Cafe.
After all the riding we’ve done, I treated myself to a luxurious massage.
Interesting history to Berea College. It was founded in 1855, before the Civil War, by abolitionist John Gregg Fee, and admitted both black and white students. At around the turn of the century, after almost 50 years successfully graduating black and white students, an “enlightened” Kentucky Senator introduced a bill stating that the “mixing the races” should be forbidden and that Berea College was not to enroll black students. This was challenged by the college and went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the Kentucky law was upheld.
Berea College then formed another college for black students, Lincoln Institute, near Louisville. It wasn’t until 1950 that the state law was amended and Berea College could once again admit black students.