Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University / Alabama A&M University former names
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
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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1. Condition of marker.
Although very legible, the marker has been cracked and is basically being held together by a large pipe clamp.
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,924 times since then and 148 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 4, 5. submitted on January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 6. submitted on November 22, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.