Who created the first HBCU?

Richard Humphreys established the first HBCU, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, in 1837. Humphreys originally named the school the African Institute, which then changed to the Institute for Colored Youth a few months later.

Why was the first HBCU founded?

The first HBCUs were founded in Pennsylvania and Ohio before the American Civil War (1861–65) with the purpose of providing black youths—who were largely prevented, due to racial discrimination, from attending established colleges and universities—with a basic education and training to become teachers or tradesmen.

Who is the largest HBCU?

The biggest HBCUs in America

  • Morgan State University. …
  • North Carolina Central University. …
  • Tennessee State University. …
  • Prairie View A&M University. …
  • Texas Southern University. …
  • Howard University. …
  • Florida A&M University. …
  • North Carolina A&T State University.
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