By Josephine McCann Posey
For greater than a century, the establishment of upper studying referred to now as Alcorn kingdom collage has been dedicated to the schooling of black scholars. traditionally demonstrated for this function, Alcorn has struggled opposed to nice odds. This new historical past of Alcorn unearths the unrelenting hove and help of its group and alumni as they face the demanding situations of streamlining courses and making alterations to century-old traditions.
The roots of Alcorn expand again to 1830 and the antebellum Oakland collage, a Presbyterian establishment which closed in the course of the Reconstruction period. In 1871 Mississippi’s first black senator, Hiram R. Revels, lower back to Mississippi to move the hot establishment at the Oakland campus, to be often called Alcorn.
This background updates the centennial background of Alcorn released in 1971 through displaying how within the face of recent demanding situations the college persists with its undertaking of training electorate for the trendy international. one of many leader struggles has been to keep up its exact identification as social and interracial adjustments confront normal traditions and wide-scale group help of the system.
Here Alcorn kingdom college is proven not just in its wealthy background of public schooling because the first land-grant establishment for black scholars but additionally in its struggles over the years to arrive peaks of excellence in educational courses, in college improvement, within the enrichment of pupil existence, and in its nationally well known athletic courses that continually carry Alcorn acclaim.
Struggling opposed to nice odds has remained one in every of Alcorn’s hallmarks. This accomplished historical past exhibits the collage relocating optimistically into the twenty-first century happy with its designated history and reason on elimination stumbling blocks that threaten to ascertain a normal culture for excellence.
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There were fourteen counties in the territory. Adams, Jefferson, Warren, Wilkinson, and Claiborne, where Alcorn is located, had the largest populations and were also the oldest and wealthiest. Natchez, just forty miles from the site where Alcorn would be built, was the new state's leading city. The town of Washington, adjacent to Natchez, became the capital of the territory. Washington surfaced as a possible name for the state. A majority, however, preferred the name Mississippi. Drawing up a constitution was the next important task.
Andrew Jackson's removal of the Indians meant that large areas of new land could be opened for settlement. Land, therefore, became cheaper and more available. Approximately seven and a half million acres of land were sold over a period of ten years, and the 1834 cotton crop was as large as that of any other state. Mississippi's wealth grew dramatically. In 1837 a panic hit the United States, and Mississippi suffered. The price of cotton dropped from around seventeen cents a pound to around eight cents a pound and the worth of a black slave field hand from one thousand dollars to two hundred fifty dollars.
Calloway was born in Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1866 and graduated from Fisk University in 1889. C. Calloway, as hard driving as Reynolds had been, was determined to ensure that people know about the college. While Reynolds had emphasized local publicity, President Calloway was chiefly concerned with the school's statewide reputation. Students were challenged to sell subscriptions to the college paper, thus carrying the story of Alcorn and its benefits to every corner of the state. Calloway wanted to institute industrial education at Alcorn, and in 1899 this wish became a reality.
Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State University by Josephine McCann Posey