Dedication Service of Albert R. Lee Monument

Friday, August 31, 2018
Mount Hope Cemetery, East Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign, IL

Remembered as the Unofficial Dean of African American students during the first half of the twentieth century at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Albert R. Lee became an indispensable member of the University’s staff, serving 52 years at the President’s Office, through seven administrations. He took it upon himself to extend his regular duties and assisted black students in finding proper housing in the African American community; he also provided these students with advice and guidance. He became the second African American employed by the University in 1895.

On Friday, August 31 at 11:30 a.m. in Mount Hope Cemetery (East Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign), the Lee family will unveil and dedicate a new headstone for Mr. Lee, for his wife, Mrs. Maude Marie McCurdy Lee, and for his first son, Mr. Albert M. Lee.