Historical Tidbits


Historical Tidbits

Historical Tidbits


College Firsts


  • style='font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt'>Lincoln University
    in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania is the oldest Black institution
    of higher learning. A Presbyterian
    minister named John Miller Dickey founded it in 1854. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> He had become frustrated because he
    could not get Ralston Amos, the treasurer of the national African
    Methodist Episcopal church, admitted into Princeton University Seminary or
    at a Presbyterian religious academy.


  • style='font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt'>Wilberforce University
    in Ohio was the first institution of higher learning founded by
    Blacks. The national African
    Methodist Episcopal church purchased it in 1862 and merged it with the
    A.M.E. Union Seminary a year later.


  • style='font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt'>Tuskegee Institute (now
    University) was founded in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1881. It first
    opened as the Tuskegee Normal School with Booker T. Washington as its

    first principal. White teachers
    would not or were not expected to work under a Black man. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Therefore, Tuskegee became the first
    Black institution of higher learning with an all Black faculty.


(See Jubilee: The Emergence of African-American
, edited by Howard Dodson, pp. 155, 169–161)