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Normal in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University / Alabama A&M University former names

Normal, Alabama

 
 
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 15, 2011
1. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Marker (side 1)
Inscription.  
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Legislature approved 9 December 1873 "a normal school for the education of colored teachers" in Huntsville. Ex-slave William Hooper Councill founder and first president. Classes began May 1875 in a rented building; moved 1881 to first school-owned property on West Clinton Street. Land-grant funds received 1891 for training of Negroes in agriculture and mechanic arts enabled school to enlarge and re-establish at present location. Evolved from a Normal School to a University in ninety-four years.

Alabama A&M University former names
1873 - Colored Normal School at Huntsville
1885 - The Huntsville State Colored Normal and Industrial School
1896 - The State Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes
1919 - The State Agricultural and mechanical Institute for Negroes
1948 - Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College
1969 - University status achieved
 
Erected 1974 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans

Alabama A&M University Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 15, 2011
2. Alabama A&M University Marker (side 2)
Education. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series list.
 
Location. 34° 46.752′ N, 86° 34.33′ W. Marker is in Normal, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Meridian Street and Chase Road NE, on the right when traveling north on Meridian Street. Located about 25 meters north of the intersection in the northeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Normal AL 35762, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Councill Training School (approx. ¼ mile away); William Hooper Councill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Harris Hill Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Dallas (Optimist) Park / (Dallas) Optimist Park (approx. 2 miles away); Dallas Mills and Village / Rison School (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lowry House (approx. 2.4 miles away); Lincoln School and Village (approx. 2.4 miles away); Oak Place (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Normal.
 
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Additional comments.
1. Condition of marker.
Although very legible, the marker has been cracked and is basically
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 15, 2011
3. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Marker
Looking north along Meridian Street.
being held together by a large pipe clamp.
    — Submitted January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.

2. Marker has been replaced.
This marker was replaced in March, 2019 due to the wear and tear over the years. The replacement marker still retains the original marker date of 1974.
    — Submitted August 1, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,634 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the replacement marker. • Can you help?
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Oct. 22, 2020