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MOREHOUSE COLLEGE

 


HISTORY

   In 1867, a Baptist minister and cabinetmaker established the Augusta Institute in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia, the oldest independent African American church in the United States. At that time the school's primary purpose was to prepare Black men for the ministry and teaching.

   Twelve years later the Institute moved to the basement of Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, changing its name to the Atlanta Baptist Seminary, and in the early 1900s it was named Morehouse College in honor of Henry L. Morehouse, the corresponding secretary of the Atlanta Baptist Home Mission Society.  Morehouse College is now the nation's only private, historically Black, four-year, liberal arts college for men.


CAMPUS LIFE

   Today, Morehouse is situated on 61 acres in Atlanta's West End community about three miles southwest of downtown Atlanta, and the campus encompasses a Civil War historic site at which Confederate soldiers staged a determined resistance to Union forces during the famous siege of Atlanta. Recently establishing a new Center for International Studies that has been named for former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, there is also a new Leadership Development Center and a magnificent obelisk is dedicated to alumni and teacher Howard Thurman.

   Morehouse enrolls approximately 3,000 students representing more than 40 states and 18 foreign countries, and graduates about 500 each year, conferring Bachelor Degrees on more Black men than any other college or university in the United States. Prominent alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Olympic gold medallist Edwin Moses; Lerone Bennet Jr., Executive Editor of Ebony Magazine; Nathaniel Hawthorne Bronner, founder of Bronner Brothers Beauty Cosmetics, and Actor Samuel L. Jackson, among many others.

 

ADDRESS: 830 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA
PHONE: 404-681-2800
WEBSITE: http://www.morehouse.edu

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