“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Oakwood College

Founded 1896

Oakwood College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, August 26, 2010
1. Oakwood College Marker
Inscription. Oakwood College, which began as an industrial school, was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1896 to educate African Americans in the South. The school was erected on 380 acres purchased during the previous year for $6,700. Additional property secured in 1918 nearly tripled its land holdings. The school underwent several name changes over its history:

1896: Oakwood Industrial School
1904: Oakwood Manual Training School
1917: Oakwood Junior College
1943: Oakwood College

In 1958, Oakwood was granted full accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Oakwood prepares students from across America and many nations to serve the world in a variety of positions and careers, reflecting its motto, "Today's College for Tomorrow's Leaders."

On this site, too, stood the Peter Blow Plantation which counted Dred Scott among its slaves in 1819. In 1857, Scott captured national attention by virtue of his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for his freedom in Missouri after sojourning in the free state of Illinois.
Erected 1996 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 45.129′ N, 86° 38.871′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is on
Oakwood College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, August 26, 2010
2. Oakwood College Marker
Looking east along Adventist Blvd from the median of the entrance to the school.
Adventist Blvd NW 0.2 miles west of Sparkman Drive NW, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is near the southwestern (main?) entrance to the school. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35806, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Oakwood College (approx. 0.7 miles away); Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Superconductivity Discovery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Buffalo Soldiers (approx. 2.3 miles away); Ms. Baker: Monkeynaut (approx. 2.8 miles away); U.S. Army PGM-19 Jupiter (approx. 2.8 miles away); T-38 Talon (approx. 2.9 miles away); Grissom White Chaffee (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . .  Oakwood University. Oakwood received its 'University' status in 2008. (Submitted on August 27, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.) 
Categories. African AmericansEducation
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