College Foundings

What mainstream college was the first founded with a mission to educate African Americans?

The first college in the United States founded with a mission to educate blacks was Oberlin College in Ohio, established in 1833. One of the elements creating the institution was Lane Seminary in Cincinnati. When many of the students converted to abolitionism, it became expedient to move to northern Ohio and join the nucleus of students and instructors already established there. By the time of the Civil War, one-third of the student body was black.


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