Winston-Salem State University opens as Slater Industrial Academy to train teachers. It becomes the first Black institution in the U.S. to grant elementary education degrees.
1892 (Apr 1)
Winston-Salem's Slater Industrial Academy opened in 1892 in a one-room building for 25 students. The school was known for its quality training of elementary school teachers and was rewarded by the general assembly of North Carolina in 1925 with a new charter and the authority to confer degrees, making it the first Black institution in the United States to grant elementary education degrees. In 1969 the school adopted its present name, Winston-Salem State University.