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Morehouse College

by Chris Schroder

Nestled near downtown Atlanta on 66 acres, Morehouse College, originally Augusta Theological Institute, thrives as one of three U.S. men’s liberal arts colleges still standing.

The Institute was established to prepare black men for ministry two years after the end of the Civil War in the basement of Augusta’s Springfield Baptist Church. The campus was relocated to its current site, a former Civil War battlefield, which was donated by John D. Rockefeller in 1885.

After a series of names, the college was renamed in 1913 in honor of Henry L. Morehouse, the secretary of the Northern Baptist Home Mission Society.

– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust

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