Wilberforce in Greene County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wilberforce University / Distinguished Wilberforceans
Wilberforce University, founded at Tawawa Springs in 1856 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, is the first private historically black college or university in America. The inspirations for Wilberforce were an unwavering faith in God, an acknowledgement of the contribution of the British abolitionist and Member of Parliament William Wilberforce, the leadership of AME Bishop Daniel Payne, and the belief in the potential of all women and men to learn and prosper. Wilberforce embraces the love of learning and the use of education as a tool of personal and community empowerment. Wilberforce seeks to cultivate and meet the historic hunger for freedom and liberty of all people. Today, Wilberforce is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church and educates diverse students from across the nation and around the world. Wilberforce continues to serve as a beacon for learning and research.
Leontyne Price - Operatic Soprano
William Grant Still - Classical Composer
Bishop Robert Webster - AME Church Leader
Dr. W.E.B. DuBois - Greek and Latin
President H. Kamuzu Banda - Malawi, Central Africa
Dr. William Julius Wilson - Harvard University Sociologist
Educator Dr. Jayme Coleman Williams - AME Church General Officer
Dr. Yvonne Walker Taylor - First Female Wilberforce University President
Bishop Daniel Payne - University Founder and America's First Black College President
U.S. Representative Floyd Flake - U.S. Congressman and Wilberforce University President
Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. - Nation's First Black General and Military Science Professor
Erected 2006 by Wilberforce University, International Paper Company, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 22-29.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • Education. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 39° 42.584′ N, 83° 52.685′ W. Marker is in Wilberforce, Ohio, in Greene County. Marker is on Bicknell Road, 0.1 miles south of U.S. 42, on the right when traveling south. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Charles Young at Wilberforce University (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Galloway Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brigadier General Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hallie Quinn Brown (approx. 0.4 miles away); Central State University (approx. 0.4 miles away); Paul Robeson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Albert Baker Football Practice Field (approx. half a mile away); Martin Robison Delany (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilberforce.
Also see . . . Wilberforce University. (Submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 960 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on October 10, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.