Cheyney University was founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, making it the oldest HBCU in the nation
President George H. W. Bush signs a new Executive Order on historically black colleges and universities in the White House Rose Garden, April 1989
Land-grant universities
North Carolina A&T State University is the largest HBCU in the nation.
Painting of an early land-grant college (Kansas State University) from the Westward Expansion Corridor at the U.S. Capitol
Vice President Kamala Harris with black students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Postal Service commemorative stamp
Booker T. Washington, educator, orator, and advisor (Hampton)
W. E. B. Du Bois, sociologist, historian, and activist (Fisk)
Thurgood Marshall, first Black Supreme Court justice (Lincoln, Howard)
Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the civil rights movement (Morehouse)
Toni Morrison, acclaimed novelist and Nobel laureate (Howard)
Jesse Jackson, minister and politician (North Carolina A&T)
Ruth Simmons, first African-American president in the Ivy League (Dillard)
Samuel L. Jackson, actor and film producer (Morehouse)
Oprah Winfrey, talk show host and media mogul (Tenn State)
Spike Lee, film director and producer (Morehouse)
Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States (Howard)
Taraji P. Henson, actress (Howard)
Common, rapper and actor (Florida A&M)
Chadwick Boseman actor and playwright (Howard)

In 1862, the federal government's Morrill Act provided for land grant colleges in each state.

- Historically black colleges and universities

Among the seventy colleges and universities which eventually evolved from the Morrill Acts are several of today's historically black colleges and universities.

- Land-grant university
Cheyney University was founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, making it the oldest HBCU in the nation

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University of the District of Columbia

Dennard Plaza at the Van Ness campus.
Myrtilla Miner (1815–1864), founder of the Normal School for Colored Girls in 1851, predecessor to UDC

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) is a public historically black land-grant university in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1851 and is the only public university in the city.

Tuskegee University

History class at Tuskegee, 1902
Original campus buildings on the Miller plantation, 1882
Booker T. Washington
The Oaks, Booker T. Washington's home on the Tuskegee campus, c. 1906
George Washington Carver (front row, center) poses with fellow faculty of Tuskegee Institute in this c. 1902 photograph taken by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
Tuskegee Institute, c. 1916
Tuskegee University Chapel (1969)
The Tuskegee University Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
A view of the Tuskegee University campus – White Hall bell tower
College of Veterinary Medicine – Fredrick D Patterson Hall
College of Engineering – Luther H. Foster Hall has long been home to one of the nation's best engineering programs containing: Aerospace Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical and Military Science
Tuskegee University School of Nursing – Basil O'Connor Hall. Tuskegee Institute Training School of Nurses was registered with the State Board of Nursing in Alabama in September 1892 under the auspices of Tuskegee University's John A. Andrew Memorial Hospital. In 1948, the School began its baccalaureate program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. This program has the distinction of being the first Baccalaureate Nursing program in the State of Alabama.
Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science is home to one of only 2 NAAB-accredited, architecture professional degree programs in the state of Alabama. It is also home to one of the top Construction Science and Management degree programs in the nation.
Tuskegee University's historic Cleveland Leigh Abbott Memorial Alumni Stadium, completed 1924. The stadium was the first of its kind to be built at any HBCU in the south.
The Lifting the Veil of Ignorance statue of Booker T. Washington was designed by sculptor Charles Keck and unveiled on April 5, 1922. The statue depicts Dr. Washington lifting the veil of ignorance off his people, who had once been enslaved, by showing them the ways of a better life through education and skills.
James Henry Meriwether Henderson Hall is Tuskegee University's new Agricultural Life Science Teaching, Extension and Research Building. Henderson Hall provides labs for teaching introductory courses in animal, plant, soil, and environmental sciences as well as biology and chemistry.
Built in 1906 and completely renovated in 2013, Tompkins Hall serves as the primary student dining facility and student center. The building includes a ballroom, an auditorium, a game room, a retail restaurant, and a 24-hour student study with healthy food vending machines. It is home to the offices of the Student Government Association.
The Legacy Museum houses: The African collection (contains approximately 900 items), the antiques and miscellaneous items collection and The Lovette W. Harper Collection of African Art. Third Floor exhibition contains "The United States Public Health Service Untreated Syphilis Study in the Negro Male, Macon County, Alabama 1932-1972."
Booker T. Washington is laid to rest in the Tuskegee University Campus Cemetery. Many other notable university people are interred on the Tuskegee campus including: George Washington Carver, Cleveland L. Abbott, William L. Dawson, Luther Hilton Foster (4th president), Frederick D. Patterson (3rd president), many other Washington family members and others.
Tuskegee University provides on-campus apartment style living for students in the Commons Apartments located across the campus in three different locations
Margaret Murray Washington Hall is home to Office of Admission, University Bookstore and additional dining services for the students
"The Avenue" is one of the main pedestrian corridors on campus that is rarely open to vehicular traffic
Booker T. Washington Boulevard is the main drive into the campus of Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University's campus has a park like setting and features many large green areas
College of Veterinary Medicine Williams Bowie Hall
Tuskegee football game
Main entrance to the campus
A scenic campus corridor
Interior view of the Tuskegee Chapel
Fall at Tuskegee University
George Washington Carver Museum
The Main Library, Hollis Burke Frissell now known as the Ford Motor Company Library/Learning Resource Center
Campus banners
Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Sciences
Daniel "Chappie" James Center
Daniel "Chappie" James Center -Tuskegee basketball pre-game warm-up
Daniel "Chappie" James Center basketball game
Tuskegee University campus partial view of the "Valley" and the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
I-85 exit for Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University (Tuskegee or TU) is a private, historically black land-grant university in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Justin Smith Morrill

Morrill Land-Grant Acts

Justin Smith Morrill
Most Land-Grant Universities
Morrill Hall, on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park (a land-grant university), is named for Senator Justin Morrill, in honor of the act he sponsored.
Beaumont Tower at Michigan State University marks the site of College Hall which is the first building in the United States to teach agricultural science.
Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act, at the Library of Congress, June 23, 2012
James H. Billington and Vartan Gregorian at the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act, 2012

The Morrill Land-Grant Acts are United States statutes that allowed for the creation of land-grant colleges in U.S. states using the proceeds from sales of federally-owned land, often obtained from indigenous tribes through treaty, cession, or seizure.

Among the seventy colleges and universities which eventually evolved from the Morrill Acts are several of today's historically Black colleges and universities.

Seal of West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University

Seal of West Virginia State University
Seal of West Virginia State University
John Warren Davis, fifth President
A Yellow Jackets catcher tags a UIS baserunner during a 2020 baseball game

West Virginia State University (WVSU) is a public historically black, land-grant university in Institute, West Virginia.