On this day in Alabama history: East Alabama Male College transferred to state

On this day in Alabama history: East Alabama Male College transferred to state
Old Main, shown here circa 1883, was the center of learning at East Alabama Male College (now Auburn University) until it burned in 1887. Samford Hall, which replaced it, was named for William J. Samford, Alabama's 31st governor. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Auburn University Libraries)

March 20, 1872

On this date in 1872, the Methodist Church transferred the grounds, buildings and legal control of the East Alabama Male College in Auburn to the state of Alabama. The institution was rechartered as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, the first land-grant college in the South to be established separate from the state university. In 1892, the college became the first four-year coeducational school in the state. Then in 1899, the school became Alabama Polytechnic Institute and finally, in 1960, was renamed Auburn University. The institution is one of only 13 American schools designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research center. Auburn’s athletic program is part of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the school has been recognized as having some of the best agriculture, fisheries and poultry science programs in the South.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama or Auburn University. 

For more on Alabama’s bicentennial, go to Alabama 200.

Related Stories