In 1867, nine historically Black colleges and universities were founded and established: Barber-Scotia College, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Morehouse College, St. Augustine’s University, Talladega College, Alabama State University, Morgan State University and Howard University.

For these universities 2017 represents 150 years of Black excellence in education.

This week these institutions celebrate their Sesquicentennials. From Sept. 28-30 Morgan State University will host the HBCU-9 Sesquicentennial Summit.

1867 was an important year in the history of African Americans. There were substantial advances in civil rights such as the granting of voting rights to African-American men in Washington, D.C., which ultimately lead to the start of Reconstruction in the South with voter registration for African Americans.

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).

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