First HBCU

First HBCU

Written on 09/07/2023

Cheyney State College sometimes referred to as the oldest black college in the U.S., had its beginning in 1837. Richard Humphreys, a Philadelphia Quaker, willed $10,000 to a board of trustees to establish a school for blacks. The school became known as the Institute for Colored Youth in 1852. Since 1932 Chenney State College (now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania) has been a degree-granting institution.

On February 25, 2018, the institution celebrated its 181st year of empowering students through higher education from all over the country. 

“What shall I tell the people up North about the plight of former slaves?" “Sir, tell them we are rising.”

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