Education

College Integration

What college south of the Ohio River was the first founded to educate blacks and whites together?

Berea College in Kentucky, founded in 1858, was the first college south of the Ohio River established specifically to educate blacks and whites together. Activities of the college were temporarily suspended during the Civil War in 1865. The integrated school received numerous threats of violence, but also experienced periods without friction. The Kentucky legislature passed a law forbidding the racial mix, which ended the biracial experiment abruptly in 1904.



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