Cheyney is a small unincorporated community in Thornbury Township. With a population of less than 1,000, this area is unique as it straddles both Chester and Delaware Counties. It is also the home Cheney University, the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the nation. Initially part of the William Penn land grant of 1681, not much is known about the Cheney region until the late 1800s when George Cheney came along.
Cheyney, a Philadelphia businessman, and politician built his ten-thousand-acre farm, which would later become the community bearing his name. Originally it was located at the intersection of what is now known as Creek and Cheyney Road. It contained a post office, general store, hotel, and other shops. In 1835, William Cheyney became the first postmaster. The post office was moved to Station Road once the railroad came through.
Cheyney University, the only HBCU in Pennsylvania, was built on donated land from the Cheyney family. Founded as the African Institute in February 1837, it was renamed the Institute of Colored Youth two months later.
The university was founded by Richard Humphreys, a Quaker philanthropist who bequeathed one tenth of his estate to establishing a school to educate people of African descent. Humphreys was born on a plantation on Tortola, an island in the British West Indies and he came to Philadelphia in 1764. After news of a race riot against free black slaves in Cincinnati in 1829, Humphrey was inspired to leave an allotment of money in his will for higher education for free blacks. When it opened its doors in 1837, it was the first university to cater to all black students.
Today this once farm is now a lovely place that people call home. Hutchinson’s expertly better contractors are happy to serve Cheyney, PA. Our services include the tips and advice right here in this site to keep you going until you need a professional for your plumbing or HVAC.
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