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Negroes in Tennessee
In Response To: Re: Documenting Joshua Compton ()
"Tennessee has an unusual number of important educational institutions for Negroes. The missionary associations of the several major Christian denominations sent teachers to the Negroes immediately after the War between the States. Baptist, Methodist, and Congregational missionary societies opened schools in 1866.
The American Baptist Home Mission Society established Roger Williams University, the Walden University was founded as Central Tennessee College by the Freedmen's Aid Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
All these schools were located in Nashville. The first missionary work of an educational character undertaken by the Freedmen's Mission of the United Presbyterian Church was McKee School in Nashville, which later developed into Knoxville College (1875). In 1876 Meharry Medical College was founded as part of Walden University. At present there are six Negro major institutions of higher learning; and one normal and junior college."
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