HBCUs That Have Closed Their Doors

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  • Leland University
  • Mary Holmes College
  • Mississippi Industrial College
  • Western University
  • Prentiss Institute
  • St. Paul College to Close on June 30
  • Bishop College
  • Daniel Payne College
  • Friendship College
  • Guadalupe College
  • Kittrell College

Western University

The first Black university in Kansas, Western University was established in 1865 as Freedman’s University in the town of Quindaro. The school’s nationally renowned music program produced many notable alumni, such as famed choral conductor Eva Jessye and the National Association of Negro Musicians co-founder Nora Douglas Holt. Following a fire in 1924 and a drop in admissions and private funding, Western University closed in 1943.

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