This Day in Black History: Dec. 27, 1892

Livingstone College and Biddle College played the first Black College Intercollegiate football game in North Carolina.

Posted: 12/27/2012 07:00 AM EST
Livingstone College and Biddle College Football Game

On Dec. 27, 1892, Livingstone College and Biddle College (later, Johnson C. Smith University) played the first Black intercollegiate football game in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Biddle won the game 5-0 after the teams played two 45-minute halves on Livingstone's front lawn.

Livingstone College is a private, historically Black, four-year college in Salisbury, North Carolina; affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Biddle College began in 1867 in Charlotte, North Carolina, when Mrs. Mary D. Biddle donated $1,400 to the school. It was later renamed Johnson C. Smith University and is now a private, co-ed, four-year research university.

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