Lithograph donated in honor of Mr. Hayden’s mother, Josephine Hughes Hayden, who taught school in New Bedford for many years
UMass Dartmouth Alumnus and New Bedford native William Hayden ’62 donated a lithograph entitled “New Bedford Fifty Years Ago” during a visit to campus this week. UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman and UMass Dartmouth Black Student Union President Kharlita Chambers-Walker accepted the historic lithograph on behalf of the university. Mr. Hayden donated the lithograph in honor of his mother, Josephine Hughes Hayden, who taught school in New Bedford for many years.
Mr. Hayden noted that the lithograph had been in his family since its creation. It depicts the corner of Union and Water streets, which at the time was the major commercial center of New Bedford. In the photo, the artist portrays Quaker merchants including William Rotch, Samuel Rodman, and other historical figures of the area.
Prominent African American and Native American merchant and abolitionist Paul Cuffee is also depicted. Paul Cuffee was one of the wealthiest African Americans and Native Americans in the United States during the early nineteenth century. Cuffe created a booming shipping empire and established the first racially integrated school in Westport, Massachusetts.
“I would like it to have a home here at the university in perpetuity,” Mr. Hayden said of the lithograph. “And I would like clearly the African America community to know how well represented we were even going back into the 1700s.”
Mr. Hayden, who serves as Managing Director of PNC Capital Markets, was on campus to discuss his career in public financing of capital projects.
Mr. Hayden was the former Chairperson of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) and has been a strong voice in diversifying the investment banking industry. In 1992, Black Enterprise named him one of the “25 Hottest Blacks on Wall Street” and he been listed among the top 25 most successful African- Americans on Wall Street on several occasions. He currently chairs the Get Ahead Foundation of South Africa, a foundation dedicated to promoting business financing in South Africa. He also is a Trustee for the African American Institute, a former director of The Museum of African Art, and was the Director of the South African Free Election Fund.
Mr. Hayden received a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from UMass Dartmouth in 1962, and received his Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law. Mr. Hayden was awarded an Honorary Degree from UMass Dartmouth in 2006.
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