On this day in Alabama history: Howard College held first classes in Birmingham

On this day in Alabama history: Howard College held first classes in Birmingham
Samford University, 2017. (Andy Montgomery, Flickr)

October 1, 1887

Howard College held its first classes in the East Lake area of Birmingham on Oct. 1, 1887. The school, which was chartered on Dec. 29, 1841, had relocated from Marion in Perry County. The college opened with six faculty members on what is now Second Avenue South. The first class welcomed 157 students. The central point of campus was dominated by the Old Main building, which was completed a few years later in 1891. Other buildings soon included several academic halls, a gym, amphitheater, bookstore, post office and lodge. The college moved again to its current location in Homewood in the 1950s and was renamed Samford University in the 1960s.

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