"#SpelmanCollege, a historically black, liberal arts college for women, opened in #Atlanta, Georgia, in 1881. The previous year, a fledgling New England organization called the Women’s American Baptist Home Mission Society secured funds for a college for freedwomen in the city. Approximately one hundred #AfricanAmerican women soon began attending school at the institution they created, the Atlanta Female Baptist Seminary.
Instructed by four white, northern-born teachers, the students took classes in the basement of an Atlanta church until two of those teachers made a fateful visit to a Cleveland, Ohio Baptist church in June of 1882. Two members of the congregation, oil magnate John D. #Rockefeller and his wife, Laura Spelman, donated funds to the school. The Rockefellers visited Atlanta to celebrate the third anniversary of the seminary two years later, and during the ceremony, the trustees renamed the institution Spelman to honor Mrs. Rockefeller's abolitionist family.
Because Atlanta would not open a black public high school until 1924, the first generation of Spelman students enrolled in courses equivalent to high school instruction. In 1887, Spelman awarded its first diplomas at this level. Two women received the school’s first baccalaureate degrees in 1901. " (Via @blackpasthistory)
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