Morgan State University, a historically Black institution, was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, on Jan. 30, 1867.
It was originally founded as the Centenary Biblical Institute by the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church with the mission of training young men in ministry. In 1915, steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie granted the school $50,000 to build its present site in northeast Baltimore. Morgan State became a public institution in 1939 as a channel to provide educational opportunities to the city’s Black community.
Today, the university enrolls nearly 6,000 students. It was named after Rev. Lyttleton F. Morgan, who served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1876 until 1886.
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