George and Joseph Henry Hogarth

George Hogarth, Jr. and Joseph Henry Hogarth attended New York Central College for just one year. They were sons of an influential free African-American family in Brooklyn. Their father was a very prominent minister and educator in the community. This exhibit tells the story of their family and explores the life of both Hogarth siblings after they left Central College. 

Early Life

Just before they attended NYCC, the Hogarth brothers lived at home in Brooklyn. At the time of the 1850 federal census, the brothers were 16 and 11 years old. As he often did, Joseph Henry went by the name of "Henry." They had two olders sisters. Their father, George Sr., owned real estate valued at $4,500 (or roughly $145,000 today).

The brothers only studied at McGrawville during the 1851-1852 academic year. At the time, William G. Allen was the only black professor at the school. Given their young age,  Henry and George, Jr. may have been students in the Academic Department rather than the Collegiate Department.


Written by Michael Blom (a student in Dr. Evan Faulkenbury’s HIS 312: African American History to 1865 class) and Chad Dunham (a student in Dr. Scott Moranda’s HIS 499: Research Experience in History class).

The Sons and Daughters of Freedom

George and Joseph Henry Hogarth