Shaw University, founded in the 1860s, holds the distinction of being the first college established for African-Americans in the Southern United States. Dr. Henry Martin Tupper of Manson, Mass., founder of the school, served as president from 1865-1893. In 1875, the school was renamed to Shaw Collegiate Institute after benefactor Hon. Elijah Shaw of Wales, Mass.
Further information about the school:
- 1874-1901 school catalogs are available on the university archives site
- article about the school from the Aug 1940 issue of The Crisis, publication of the NAACP.
- Wikipedia has a list of notable alumni of the school, including Dr. James E. Shepherd – founder of North Carolina Central University, James E. Cheek – President Emeritus of Howard University & Shirley Caesar – pastor & gospel music artist.