Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Original Site of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Original site of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (now located at Normal, Alabama)
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 with sixty-one pupils and two teachers; held in rented buildings until moved 1891 to this site - the first school-owned property. Land-grant funds received 1891 for training of Negroes in agriculture and mechanic arts enabled school to enlarge and re-locate on present campus north of the city.
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.
Location. 34° 43.736′ N, 86° 35.427′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Clinton Avenue SE and Monroe Street Touch for map. The site is now the home of the Von Braun Center, Huntsville's entertainment and convention complex. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norwegian Light Beacon And Fog Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Huntsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Northern Terminus Indian Creek Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thrasher Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Boyhood Home Site (approx. ¼ mile away); The Chamber of Commerce Huntsville/Madison County (approx. ¼ mile away); John Hunt (approx. ¼ mile away); Major General H.N. Toftoy, USA. (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
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Also see . . . Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education •
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