“Although the Freedmen’s Bureau ceased operations in 1871, many other schools and institutions that would become centers of higher learning for African Americans came into being in the Southern states…out of necessity, many of these institutions that would become private colleges and universities began by offering elementary school curricula and vocational courses. However, within a relatively short time many of the courses of study expanded to include the liberal arts.” Pictured here is Claflin University, South Carolina’s oldest historically-black institution, founded by Methodist missionaries in 1869.

[Excerpt from The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy.]

The main building of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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