“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wilberforce in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Central State University

Central State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2008
1. Central State University Marker
Inscription. Central State University originated on March 19, 1887, when the Ohio General Assembly passed an act establishing a Combined Normal and Industrial (CN&I) Department at Wilberforce University. Through various transitional changes, it emerged as an independent, state university. In 1941, the General Assembly expanded the CN&I, which offered two-year courses, into the College of Education and Industrial Arts, with four-year programs. In 1947, it separated from Wilberforce University. The history of Central State University tells the history of higher education and advancement for African Americans in Ohio. It is within the walls of these structures, and others unfortunately demolished or destroyed by the 1974 tornado, that thousands of African Americans received valuable training for successful and rewarding careers. Thus, many of the contributions of African Americans to the promotion and betterment of education, medicine, law, social justice, technology, and the arts in Ohio have their roots here on the campus of Central State University.
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Cinergy Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 16-29.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Central State University Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2008
2. Central State University Marker
Newsom Administration Building on left.

Location. 39° 42.935′ N, 83° 52.826′ W. Marker is in Wilberforce, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Brush Row Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Newsom Administration Building on the Central State University campus. Marker is in this post office area: Wilberforce OH 45384, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brigadier General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Paul Robeson (about 600 feet away); Galloway Hall (about 700 feet away); Old Wilberforce University Campus at Tawawa Springs (about 700 feet away); Hallie Quinn Brown (about 800 feet away); Carnegie Library (1907) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kezia Emery Hall (1913) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Payne Theological Seminary (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Wilberforce.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 4,149 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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