By Josephine McCann Posey
For greater than a century, the establishment of upper studying referred to now as Alcorn country collage has been dedicated to the schooling of black scholars. traditionally tested for this function, Alcorn has struggled opposed to nice odds. This new heritage of Alcorn unearths the unrelenting hove and aid of its neighborhood and alumni as they face the demanding situations of streamlining courses and making ameliorations to century-old traditions.
The roots of Alcorn expand again to 1830 and the antebellum Oakland collage, a Presbyterian establishment which closed throughout the Reconstruction period. In 1871 Mississippi’s first black senator, Hiram R. Revels, again to Mississippi to move the hot establishment at the Oakland campus, to be referred to as Alcorn.
This historical past updates the centennial heritage of Alcorn released in 1971 by way of exhibiting how within the face of latest demanding situations the collage persists with its challenge of teaching electorate for the fashionable international. one of many leader struggles has been to take care of its exact identification as social and interracial adjustments confront normal traditions and wide-scale neighborhood help of the system.
Here Alcorn nation college is proven not just in its wealthy history of public schooling because the first land-grant establishment for black scholars but in addition in its struggles over the years to arrive peaks of excellence in educational courses, in school improvement, within the enrichment of scholar lifestyles, and in its nationally popular athletic courses that continually convey Alcorn acclaim.
Struggling opposed to nice odds has remained considered one of Alcorn’s hallmarks. This accomplished historical past indicates the college relocating with a bit of luck into the twenty-first century happy with its distinct historical past and rationale on elimination stumbling blocks that threaten to examine a fashioned culture for excellence.
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The curriculum included the teaching of arithmetic, English grammar, Greek, French, Spanish, reading, and writing. Tuition was advertised as twenty dollars for the summer terms and thirty dollars for the winter terms, plus twelve dollars a month for boarding, washing, and similar necessities. Students furnished their own beds, bedding, and furniture. The college closed because of the Civil War. Afterwards, an attempt was made to revive it. Rev. Joseph Calvin was elected president but died early in his administration and the school was closed for good.
The student body, formerly all black, now includes whites, Orientals, Africans, and West Indians; the current faculty is a culturally diverse group of men and women; the student population, which once drew on only thirteen counties, now consists of residents of all eighty-two counties in the state, more than thirty other states, and at least eighteen foreign countries. The college has grown from a liberal arts college to a multifaceted state university with numerous degree offerings including a nursing program in Natchez.
Board, fuel and lights are furnished to each student at the rate of ten dollars per month, payable in advance; and for tuition, which is free to students from Mississippi. A matriculation fee of fifteen dollars is required from students coming from other states. A competent corps of teachers are employed to give thorough instruction in branches usually embraced in the curriculum of American Colleges. For further information address W. H. Furniss, Dean of the Faculty or Rev. H. R. Revels, D. , President.