Mary Holmes College (1892-2005)

Mary Holmes College, ca. 1910 Image Ownership: Public domain Mary Holmes College of West Point, Mississippi, initially named Mary Holmes Seminary, was founded in 1892 by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church with the purpose of educating black girls from primary grades to high school. The school was … Read MoreMary Holmes College (1892-2005)

Walden University (1865–1925)

Women at Walden University, No Date “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Walden University was a historically black co-educational college in Nashville, Tennessee. It was founded in 1865 as a school for freedmen under the sponsorship of northern Methodist Episcopal Church missionaries. In late 1865, the Reverend … Read MoreWalden University (1865–1925)

Roger Williams University (1866-1929)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Roger Williams University was one of four historically black colleges located in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1866, the institution was named after Roger Williams, the Massachusetts Puritan theologian who was expelled from his church and became an early member of the … Read MoreRoger Williams University (1866-1929)

Obafemi Awolowo University (1961–)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Obafemi Awolowo University, formerly known as the University of Ife, was founded in 1961 and is located in Ile-Ife, a city of 250,000 people in southwestern Nigeria. Ile-Ife is famous as the center of an ancient West African civilization and the … Read MoreObafemi Awolowo University (1961–)

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)

Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) (1938– )

IFAN Building, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal Image Ownership: Public Domain One of West Africa’s premier research institutions, the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN), was first created by the French Government in 1938. Established in Dakar, Senegal, the organization was originally called the Institut … Read MoreInstitut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) (1938– )

Harris-Stowe University (1857-)

Hell Week for Alpha Pledges at Stowe College, St. Louis, ca. 1955 Image Ownership: Public Domain Harris-Stowe University is a historically black college in St. Louis, Missouri.  It was also the first public teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River.  Harris-Stowe was originally two … Read MoreHarris-Stowe University (1857-)

Morehouse School of Medicine (1975- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), one of two historically black medical schools created in the twentieth century, was established in 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Former US Surgeon General David Satcher served as the institution’s first president.  The school was meant to … Read MoreMorehouse School of Medicine (1975- )