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Students and teachers in training school of Fisk University.
Students and teachers in training school of Fisk University

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Fisk School Opens
January 9, 1866

The idea for Fisk School was born soon after the Civil War. A group called the American Missionary Association, formed in 1846 from three antislavery societies, helped to found Fisk School (later to become Fisk University), along with other historically black colleges, including Atlanta, Hampton, and Howard universities. The idea was to offer the best education a university could offer an individual, regardless of race. The first students at Fisk ranged in age from 7 to 70, all ex-slaves eager to learn. These historically black colleges still exist, and today African Americans are welcome at all colleges.
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