On September 17, 1861 Mary Peake held the first class under the Emancipation Oak in Hampton VA for for children whose enslaved families had escaped to freedom at Fort Monroe. This was the first school for freedmen, and it was later known as the Butler School and Hampton Institute before taking its current form as Hampton University. The Emancipation Oak still stands on the campus. #TodayInBlackHistory
The Mineola UFSD approached H2M with the idea of creating a new, state-of-the-art library addition suited to the Pre-K through second students attending it's Hampton Street Elementary School. The new building is a modern approach to library science, with an integrated library/media center. The space incorporates cheerful colors, small furniture, and expansive windows to allow natural light to flood the space.
Move aside Markus Lupfur and Bella Freud, Lingua Franca is the ultra-cool cashmere label putting sass back into your wardrobe with embroidered knitwear featuring old school hip hop lyrics. The brainchild of New Yorker and entrepreneur Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, the initiative began as a rainy day activity using vintage cashmere pieces, becoming a more official affair thanks to some big name celebrity fans (Leonardo Di Caprio bought an early iteration from the founder’s Hamptons store).