Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1899- )

Arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico Territory, in 1898, Mrs. Tabytha Watson began the organization of a Baptist church with prayer meetings which included her two children, in her home. By the following year the church was named Mt. Olive Baptist and members raised $135 to … Read MoreMt. Olive Baptist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1899- )

Zion Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado (1865- )

Zion Baptist Church was founded on November 15, 1865 by an intrepid group of black pioneers who settled in Denver, Colorado Territory when the city’s total population was less than 5,000 people. Among its founders was Barney Ford who would later become one of Denver’s … Read MoreZion Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado (1865- )

Grant Chapel AME Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1883- )

Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was the first black church in New Mexico and was organized during the state’s territorial period. Although New Mexico Territory had a few slaves before the Civil War, African Americans began arriving in the region in significant numbers … Read MoreGrant Chapel AME Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1883- )

Saint Peter Claver Church, San Antonio, Texas (1888- )

Saint Peter Claver (Mission) Church was the first African American Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. The church was built by Irish-born Margaret Mary Healy Murphy, the widow of John Bernard Murphy, who was the mayor of Corpus Christi from 1889 to 1884.  Margaret Mary … Read MoreSaint Peter Claver Church, San Antonio, Texas (1888- )

Holy Cross Catholic Church, Corpus Christi, Texas (1914- )

Holy Cross Catholic Church, the first church for African American Catholics in Corpus Christi, Texas, was organized before the parish obtained a physical building.  Before African Americans in that area had a church, they attended Saint Patrick’s Church, and some joined the Mexican Church, Our Lady of … Read MoreHoly Cross Catholic Church, Corpus Christi, Texas (1914- )

Western University (1857-1943)

Image courtesy of Kansas State Historical Society, Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply Western University was the first African American University in Kansas.  The school originated by the work of Presbyterian minister Eben Blatchly, who began educating free blacks in the Territorial Kansas Town of Quindaro … Read MoreWestern University (1857-1943)

Piney Woods School (1909– )

Students at Piney Woods School, ca. 1940 Image Courtesy of Piney Woods School The Piney Woods School is a small, private, historically African-American boarding school in rural Mississippi. It serves approximately 300 students in grades 9 through 12. In 1909, Dr. Laurence C. Jones founded … Read MorePiney Woods School (1909– )

Saint Andrews African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sacramento, California (1850- )

St. Andrews African Methodist Episcopal Church of Sacramento, California was founded in 1850, the same year that California was admitted to the union. It stands to this day as the oldest continuous African Methodist Episcopal (AME) congregation on the west coast. The church began humbly, … Read MoreSaint Andrews African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sacramento, California (1850- )

Prairie View A&M University (1878– )

Prairie View A&M University Campus Image Ownership: Public Domain Prairie View A&M University, the first state-supported college in Texas for African Americans, was founded as part of the post-Civil War effort to restructure education in the state of Texas. It is the second oldest state-funded … Read MorePrairie View A&M University (1878– )

Langston University (1898– )

Langston University’s School of Business, 2006 Image Ownership: Public Domain In March 1897 the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature created a land grant college to train African American teachers, calling it the Colored Agricultural and Normal University.  Classes opened in the fall of 1898 in a church … Read MoreLangston University (1898– )