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Florida A&M University
Name

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Address
Town

Tallahassee, FL 32307

Established

1887

Community
Type

Public coeducational

Classification

Historically black


Agricultural and mechanical

Religion

Secular

Enrollment
Faculty
President

Dr. Castell V. Bryant

Accreditation
Nickname

Rattlers

Mascot

Rattler

Colors

Orange and light green

Motto

"Head, heart, hand, field"

Newspaper

The Famuan

Yearbook

The Rattler

Website

Link (http://www.famu.edu)

Email

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, commonly known as Florida A&M or FAMU, is a historically black university located in Tallahassee, Florida and is one of nine institutions in Florida's State University System.


Florida A&M was founded on October 3, 1887, as the State Normal College for Colored Students. It began classes with fifteen students and two instructors.


Leading the State Normal College through its infancy were two distinguished citizens and educators. They were Thomas DeSaille Tucker, an outstanding attorney from Pensacola who was selected as the college's first president, and Thomas Van Rennasaler Gibbs, a state representative from Duval County who was Tucker's top assistant. In 1891, the college received $7,500 under the Second Morrill Act for agricultural and mechanical arts education; thus, it became Florida's land grant institution for African-Americans. The college was moved from Copeland Street (now the site of Florida State University) to its present location, and its name was changed to the State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students. It was at this new site that President Tucker initiated his plans for institutional growth and development.


The name was changed in 1909 to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes. The following year, with an enrollment of 317 students, the college awarded its first degrees. In spite of a setback caused by a tragic fire which destroyed Duval Hall (the main building which housed the library, administrative offices, cafeteria and other college agencies), progress was made when a gift of $10,000 was presented to the college by Andrew Carnegie for the erection of a new library facility-which held the distinction of being the only Carnegie Library located on a African-American land-grant college. President Young directed the growth of the college with limited resources and expectations, to a four-year degree-granting institution, offering the B.S. degree in education, science, home economics, agriculture, and mechanical arts.


Florida A&M's colors are orange and light green and their nickname is the Rattlers. FAMU sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).


External link

  • Official website (http://www.famu.edu/)



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