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Founded in 1867 originally in Augusta, Georgia, Morehouse College in the last 150 years has expanded and grown into an international powerhouse, educating leaders in the world across a variety of professions and disciplines. A House United: Celebrating 150 Years of Morehouse College, is a physical representation of the strides Morehouse College has made from its inception and continues to make currently. Highlighting the rich resources of the AUC Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center, this exhibit celebrates the accomplishments of the nation’s only all-male, historically Black college by showcasing archival documents and images related to Morehouse College.
Originally established for educating teachers and men for ministry, Morehouse has expanded its curriculum and in turn matured into an institution of prestige and excellence in scholarship. A House United, tells a visual story of Morehouse College from 1887 to 2017, and the school’s mission to “develop men with disciplined minds who lead lives of leadership and service.” Proudly birthed from a place of tradition and hallowed grounds, the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Morehouse College exemplify excellence.
In conjunction with the A House United: Celebrating 150 Years of Morehouse College exhibit, the AUC Woodruff Library Archives Research Center is proud to display the Morehouse College Photograph Collection which includes 69 photographs depicting buildings and grounds, students, campus events and visitors, faculty, and individuals associated with the College dating from the 1880s to the 1970s. For more information visit http://digitalcommons.auctr.edu/mcimg/.
Through Black self-help and the contributions of northern religious societies and philanthropies, several colleges were founded in Georgia, most of which now comprise the Atlanta University Center (AUC): Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Interdenominational Theological Center. The story of Black education tells of the struggle to become literate, skilled, and enlightened in a racist society. This exhibit focuses on the role families played in this struggle at the Atlanta University Center.
The Center’s mission, in the broad sense, was to serve families through education and training. Families sacrificed in the face of great odds to educate their children generation after generation. The Atlanta University motto, “I’ll Find A Way or Make One,” captures the spirit of their struggle, and speaks to the miracle of their achievement.
In this 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary year of the March on Washington, interest in black political activity during the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement is at a high point. What may not be included in these celebrations is the constant struggle, and triumphs, of African-Americans in the intervening years. As John Russworm and Samuel Cornish wrote in the first editorial published in Freedom’s Journal, "we seek to tell our own story because too many others have falsely told it." This exhibition will seek to tell the story of black political action in Georgia, bookended by the emancipation and civil rights eras.
“The work of black club women contributed to the survival of the black community. Black women’s clubs were, like the clubs of white women, led by educated, often by middle-class women, but unlike their white counterparts, black club women frequently successfully bridged the class barrier and concerned themselves with issues of importance to poor women, working mothers, tenant farm wives. They were concerned with education, self and community improvement, but they always strongly emphasized race pride and race advancement. Their inspiring example of self-help and persistent community service deserves to be more closely studied by historians, especially those interested in urban history.”
Gerda Lerner, “Early Community Work of Black Club Women,” Journal of Negro History, April 1974.