January, 1871: Alcorn University is organized

Founded on a site originally occupied by Oakland College, Alcorn University was established by the state of Mississippi and named in honor of the Governor,  James L. Alcorn.  It was the first land-grant college for blacks and one of the first state-supported colleges for blacks in the state.  It became Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1878 and Alcorn State University in 1974.

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