{Video} CampusLATELY Highlights 12 HBCU’s That Have Closed Their Doors Over The Years

Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community. This was because the overwhelming majority of predominantly white institutions of higher-learning disqualified African Americans from enrollment during segregation. There are now (per Wikipedia) 106 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions. This figure is down from the 121 institutions that existed during the 1930s. We want to S/O some of the HBCUs that have had to close their doors over the years. They helped us build and deserve to be remembered.

  1. St. Paul College – Saint Paul’s College was a private, historically black college located in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Saint Paul’s College opened its doors on September 24, 1888, originally training students as teachers and for agricultural and industrial jobs. The college had long struggled with significant financial difficulties, culminating in a court conflict in 2012 with its regional accreditor, the . Throughout the 2012–2013 school year, the college sought to merge with another institution, but on June 3, 2013, the board announced the college would close on June 30, 2013.
  2. Bishop College – Bishop College was a historically black college, founded in Marshall, Texas, United States, in 1881 to serve students in east Texas, where the majority of the black population lived. In 1961 it moved to Dallas, and the big city setting helped it attract more students. It operated until 1988, when a financial scandal caused it to lose accreditation and funding. In 2006 the president of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky reached out to Bishop College alumni, proposing to have them “adopt” his college as an alma mater. He offered scholarships to their descendants, with a chance to have their diploma read “Bishop College”, as part of his effort to increase minority enrollment.
  3. Daniel Payne College – Daniel Payne College, also known as the Payne Institute, Payne University and Greater Payne University, was a historically black college in Birmingham, Alabama from 1889 to 1979. It was associated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church). The college was named in honor of Daniel Payne, the sixth bishop of the AME Church and the first black president of a college in the United States. Friendship College – Friendship College is a former college that lasted from 1891–1981 For students of color studying minitires and education The college was in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
  4. Kittrell College – Kittrell College was a two-year historically black college located in Kittrell, North Carolina from about 1886 until 1975. It was associated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. After the college closed, many of its facilities became the Kittrell Job Corps Center campus. About 400 students learn trades or better themselves by working toward going to college. Many trades are taught there including furniture making, culinary, and electronics. Each quarter many students graduate and take on a trade or go onto college.
  5. Guadalupe College- Guadalupe College in Seguin, Texas, was an educational institution for African Americans. It was established in 1884 and opened officially in 1887. Its founding were largely through the efforts of William B. Ball, who would later serve as president. The school’s first president was David Abner Jr., a position he served until 1905. The school’s main building was destroyed by a fire in 1936. A fundraising drive was called off in 1937 and the school largely ceased operations.
  6. Leland University- Established for Louisiana Black population 1870. A hurricane destroyed the original building in 1915 was rebuilt and severed students from first grad through university level and closed in 1960
  7. Mary Holmes College – The board of Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church founded Mary Holmes College as a high school in 1892 in Jacksonville Mississippi. The school was a two year private college in 1959 and filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and closed.
  8. Mississippi Industrial College – Mississippi Industrial College was a historically black college in Holly Springs, Mississippi. It was founded in 1905 by the Mississippi Conference of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. After desegregation of community colleges in the mid-twentieth century, it had trouble competing and eventually closed in 1982.
  9. Western University – the first black university in kansa established in 1865 as Freedmans University Following a fire in 1924 the school closed in 1943.
  10. Prentiss Institute – Opened in 1907 Jefferson Davis Count Mississippi. Students paid for their education with eggs, chicken and produce. The school closed in 1989
  11. Concordia College- Concordia College in Alabama has announced that it will end operations at the end of this academic year may 2018. Concordia is a historically black institution, and the only such institution to be Lutheran. The college has about 400 students. More than 90 percent are black, and more than 90 percent are eligible for Pell Grants, meaning that they are from low-income families. Concordia was founded — as the Alabama Lutheran Academy — in Selma in 1922. Rosa J. Young, known as “the mother of black Lutheranism in America,” started the college.
  12. Cheyne University – Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a public, co-educational and the nation’s first historically black university, founded in 1837. They have been struggling to stay alive and maybe the next HBCU to close its doors.



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