Normal in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Alabama A&M University former names / Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
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
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.
Erected 1974 by Alabama Historical Association.
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. Touch for map.
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); Lincoln School and Village (approx. 2.4 miles away); Five Points Historic District (approx. 2.8 miles away); Site of Green Academy (approx. 3.1 miles away); Maple Hill Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Twickenham Historic District (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Normal.
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Also see . . . Encyclopedia of Alabama entry for Alabama A&M University (AAMU). (Submitted on March 30, 2011, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
1. The Marker
Although very legible, the marker has been cracked and is basically being held together by a large pipe clamp.
— Submitted January 17, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
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