Shaw University

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Shaw University, founded in the 1860s,  holds the distinction of being the first college established for African-Americans in the Southern United States.   Dr. Henry Martin Tupper of Manson, Mass., founder of the school, served as president from 1865-1893.  In 1875, the school was renamed to Shaw Collegiate Institute after benefactor Hon. Elijah Shaw of Wales, Mass.

Further information about the school:

  • 1874-1901 school catalogs are available on the university archives site
  • article about the school from the Aug 1940 issue of The Crisis, publication of the NAACP.
  • Wikipedia has a list of notable alumni of the school, including Dr. James E. Shepherd – founder of North Carolina Central University, James E. Cheek – President Emeritus of Howard University & Shirley Caesar – pastor & gospel music artist.

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