Howard university is established to train Black teachers and ministers.
1867 (May 1)
The Howard Normal and Theological Institute was established as a training institution for Black teachers and ministers in 1867. Named for General Oliver Otis Howard, one of the founding members and commissioners of the Freedmen's Bureau, it became Howard University the same year. Howard awarded its first bachelor's degree in 1872 and became the only truly comprehensive, predominantly Black institution of higher education in the world.