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Auburn in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Auburn University

Alabama’s Oldest Land-Grant University

 
 
Auburn University Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, October 16, 2021
1. Auburn University Marker
Inscription.  Used popularly since the founding of East Alabama Male College in 1856, the name Auburn University was made official by the Legislature in 1960, in recognition of the school's second century of service to the state and nation. Originally affiliated with the Methodist Church, the college became public in 1872, allowing it to come under the Morrill Act as a Land Grant University with the name Agricultural & Mechanical College of Alabama. With continued growth, the school was renamed again in 1899 as Alabama Polytechnic Institute.

Since acquiring its name in 1960, Auburn University has become a comprehensive land, sea, and space grant institution, thus expanding the mission set forth in the 1862 Morrill Act. Women were admitted in 1892, making Auburn the oldest four-year coeducational school in Alabama. Auburn University's first African American student was enrolled in 1964 during the administration of President Ralph Brown Draughon. It was Draughon who said, “Owing much to the past. Auburn's mission makes its greater debt ever to the future." a promise realized in the thousands of academic degrees awarded each
Auburn University Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, October 16, 2021
2. Auburn University Marker
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Erected 1994 by Auburn Univerity, Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical year for this entry is 1960.
 
Location. 32° 36.251′ N, 85° 29.031′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of West Thach Avenue and Mell Street, on the right on West Thach Avenue. Located near Ross Hall on the campus of Auburn University. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Auburn University AL 36849, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. East Alabama Male College (within shouting distance of this marker); Auburn WWI Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Desegregation at Auburn (about 400 feet away); The Lathe (about 400 feet away); The East Alabama Methodist College (about 500 feet away); Auburn University Chapel (about 700 feet away); Auburn - Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Auburn 1865~Present / The "Loveliest Village" (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Auburn University Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Darren Jefferson Clay, October 16, 2021
3. Auburn University Marker
Auburn University Marker In Front Of Ross Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim & Renda Carr, January 16, 2011
4. Auburn University Marker In Front Of Ross Hall
Auburn University Sign In Front of Samford Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim & Renda Carr
5. Auburn University Sign In Front of Samford Hall
Former Auburn University Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim & Renda Carr, January 16, 2011
6. Former Auburn University Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,171 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on October 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 16, 2021, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on January 19, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 25, 2022