By Josephine McCann Posey
For greater than a century, the establishment of upper studying referred to now as Alcorn nation collage has been dedicated to the schooling of black scholars. traditionally validated for this objective, Alcorn has struggled opposed to nice odds. This new heritage of Alcorn finds the unrelenting hove and help of its group and alumni as they face the demanding situations of streamlining courses and making ameliorations to century-old traditions.
The roots of Alcorn expand again to 1830 and the antebellum Oakland university, a Presbyterian establishment which closed through the Reconstruction period. In 1871 Mississippi’s first black senator, Hiram R. Revels, again to Mississippi to move the hot establishment at the Oakland campus, to be often called Alcorn.
This heritage updates the centennial heritage of Alcorn released in 1971 by way of exhibiting how within the face of latest demanding situations the collage persists with its venture of teaching electorate for the fashionable global. one of many leader struggles has been to take care of its certain identification as social and interracial alterations confront fashioned traditions and wide-scale neighborhood aid of the system.
Here Alcorn nation collage is proven not just in its wealthy historical past of public schooling because the first land-grant establishment for black scholars but additionally in its struggles over the years to arrive peaks of excellence in educational courses, in college improvement, within the enrichment of pupil existence, and in its nationally popular athletic courses that always convey Alcorn acclaim.
Struggling opposed to nice odds has remained considered one of Alcorn’s hallmarks. This accomplished historical past indicates the collage relocating expectantly into the twenty-first century pleased with its precise historical past and rationale on elimination stumbling blocks that threaten to ascertain a usual culture for excellence.
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Extra resources for Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State University
The curriculum included the teaching of arithmetic, English grammar, Greek, French, Spanish, reading, and writing. Tuition was advertised as twenty dollars for the summer terms and thirty dollars for the winter terms, plus twelve dollars a month for boarding, washing, and similar necessities. Students furnished their own beds, bedding, and furniture. The college closed because of the Civil War. Afterwards, an attempt was made to revive it. Rev. Joseph Calvin was elected president but died early in his administration and the school was closed for good.
Women were finally admitted in 1903 when Truly Hall, a dormitory for females, was constructed. Applications were received from over five hundred women during the first year of coeducational status. The mechanical and industrial areas of the college were expanding, and new teachers were being hired, increasing the faculty to sixteen.
Joseph Calvin was elected president but died early in his administration and the school was closed for good. In 1871, the synod sold the college to the state of Mississippi, which made it the site of Alcorn University. The price was forty thousand dollars and, after all debts were paid, the remaining funds were used to build Chamberlain Hunt Academy located in Port Gibson, Mississippi. The state experienced tremendous change between 1830 and 1840. Andrew Jackson's removal of the Indians meant that large areas of new land could be opened for settlement.