Morehouse College

On February 14, 1867  Morehouse was organized by Rev. William Jefferson White with 37 registered students in Augusta, Georgia. Originally named Augusta Theological Institute, the first classes were held in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest independent African American church in the United States. Like many HBCUs, it was founded to train black ministers and teachers.  

In 1879, the college moved to Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta and became Atlanta Baptist Seminary.  Two moves later found the college at its current location.  Finally, in 1913 Atlanta Baptist College was renamed Morehouse College in honor of Henry L. Morehouse, the corresponding secretary of the Northern Baptist Home Mission Society.

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Beginning in 1940, Benjamin Elijah Mays took the helm and transformed Morehouse.  More faculty members were hired and more held doctorates.  The college's international reputation grew as more foreign-born students and faculty members arrived.  Morehouse received full ccreditation and chartered a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.  


Morehouse College has become recognized as an outstanding national leader among liberal arts colleges.  It is consistently ranked among the top HBCUs in the nation. It is the nation's top producer African American men with bachelor's degrees in biological sciences, physics, and mathematics and statistics. It is also 1 of the top 25 schools in nation for sending African-Americans to medical school.  Morehouse is one of two HBCUs to produce Rhodes Scholars and has also had students named Fulbright Scholars and Marshall Scholars.  


The roll call of alumni is a 'who's who' list of prominent African-Americans: Civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Martin Luther King, Jr.; Atlanta's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson; Olympic medalist, Edwin Moses; Oscar-nominated director, Spike Lee;  Oscar-nominated actor, Samuel Jackson; Secretary of Health and Human Services, Louis Sullivan; Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson; businessman and presidential candidate, Herman Cain; and numerous state legislators, ministers, scientists, members of Congress, judges and colleges presidents.


In its 150-year history Morehouse has conferred more bachelor’s degrees on black men than any other institution in the world. 


Other facts:  

Morehouse is the largest men's college in the United States and the founder for African-American men 

Morehouse is a part of the AUC (Atlanta University Center), a consortium of colleges that includes Spelman, Clark Atlanta, Morris Brown, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Interdenominational Theological Seminary

Contrary to popular belief, Bennett College in Greensboro is the sister school of Morehouse

The grave sites of two presidents of Morehouse College are located on campus- Benjamin Mays and Hugh Morris Gloster


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