29 Historic Places For Black History Month: Wilberforce University


Wilberforce University

February 11th, 2016

Wilberforce University Logo

Wilberforce University Logo

why was it historic? 

            Wilberforce University is the 1st College owned and operated by African Americans. Started in 1856 as a part of the Underground railroad in Ohio. One of the stops along the Underground Railroad was the location that the Wilberforce College campus is now. Wilberforce University was privately owned & is certainly among the nation’s outstanding collection of Historically Black Colleges. The College is named after White Englishman & Abolitionist William Wilberforce who fought tirelessly for the end of slavery. 

Plaqard denoting Wiberforce University as the 1st privately owned college for African American.

Placard denoting Wiberforce University as the 1st privately owned college for African American.

In 1862 the College fell on hard financial times as enrollment dwindled. With the Help of Bishop Daniel A. Payne African American Pastor of the AME church of Ohio, it was re-opened and has been in operation ever since. Wilberforce University is a fully accredited 4 year college with a focus on Liberal Arts, Business & Engineering, but that’s just a few of the educational options students have there.

 

Location: 1055 N Bickett Rd, Wilberforce, OH 45384

Then photo:

Artist Depiction of Wilberforce university, Circa. late 1800's

Artist Depiction of Wilberforce university, Circa. late 1800’s

Now Photo:

Wilberforce University, the nations oldest, private African American university, Present Day

Wilberforce University, the nations oldest, private African American university, Present Day.

Commentary:

Can you imagine starting a college in the face of pure unadulterated Racism, Segregation & Slavery. That’s exactly what Happened At Wilberforce University. Along with being one of the final destinations for African Americans fleeing from the unforgiving grip of Slavery in the south. With a Governing Board consisting of both Blacks and Whites it was very clear that this could work in our society. Wilberforce University is a must see for me, & it along with it’s Founders should be celebrated. #Thankyou

www.wilberforce.edu

 

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