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Faces Behind the Places of DePauw University

This guide includes historical information about the people behind DePauw University's building names.

Tucker Essily Wilson

Tucker E. WilsonTucker Essily Wilson was born in 1859 in Shelby County, Kentucky, and died in 1925 in Indiana. He married Priscilla U. Bolden in 1891, and they had a son, Faustin A. In 1888, Tucker Wilson became the first black graduate of DePauw University. He was a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (1889-1925), serving churches in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. As a student and as a minister, he was recognized for his pioneering spirit, his gifts of oratory and leadership.