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Andrew Foster is born in Ensley, Alabama.
Andrew and his brother Edward become deaf due to an outbreak of meningitis.
Foster moves to Detroit for better opportunities, completes high school, and earns a business school diploma.
Completing his degree in only three years, Foster is the first African-American to graduate from Gallaudet.
Photo from the Tower Clock, courtesy of Gallaudet University Archives.
Newly ordained as a minister, Foster founds the Christian Mission to Deaf Africans in Detroit.
Logo courtesy of cmdeaf.org.
The Ghana Mission School for the Deaf opens in Mampong-Akwapim, Foster’s first school in Africa.
Andrew Foster with the first students enrolled in the Ghana Mission School for the Deaf, in Accra, Ghana.Courtesy of the Andrew Foster Family Collection, c. 1957.
Foster relocates his African headquarters to Ibadan, Nigeria, opening the Ibadan Mission School for the Deaf.
Andrew Foster with the first set of students at the Ibadan Mission School for the Deaf in Ibadan, Nigeria.Courtesy of the Andrew Foster Family Collection, c. 1960.
Gallaudet confers Foster with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Dr. Andrew J. Foster receiving his honorary degree during the 1970 Commencement.Photo courtesy of Gallaudet University Archives.
Andrew Foster is killed in a plane crash in Rwanda.
The Andrew J. Foster Auditorium is dedicated at Gallaudet University with a bust of Foster, commissioned by alumni.
The Andrew J. Foster Auditorium today.Photo courtesy of Gallaudet University Office of University Communications.
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