Hill-Freedman World Academy Leeds Campus


Anthony Majewski

1100 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19150
Phone: 215.400.3530

Who was Joseph E Hill?

Who was Joseph E Hill?

Joseph E. Hill was born in Philadelphia in the summer of 1855. He began his earliest education with Miss Ada H. Hinton on Locust Street above Sixth Street and later attended the James Forten School. He graduated from the Institute for Colored Youth in June of 1873.


Most of his adult life was spent as an instructor in the Institute which, in later years, became Cheyney State Teacher’s College. He also attended Bryant and Stratton’s College of Commerce and the Pennsylvania School of Industrial Arts where he excelled with honors.


He was most noted by his contemporaries as being an outstanding teacher and a tireless worker, devoting his time to schoolwork even during his vacations. He had a genius for organizing and possessed an enthusiasm so necessary to succeed.


For several years he served as librarian of the Central Presbyterian Church Sunday School. In 1881, he and seven others organized the Amphion Society- a colored male choral association which achieved much prominence at the time.
He lived in a high moral plane always and set the best example to the hundreds of scholars who came under his care during his lifetime. He died of pneumonia on January 18, 1892.