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The goals for the college set by the Mississippi legislature following the Reconstruction era emphasized training for blacks rather than academic education.
The school, like other black schools during these years, was less a college than a vocational school intended to prepare students for the agricultural economy of the state and of most of their hometowns.
It is the first black land grant college established in the United States.
The university is counted as a census-designated place and had a resident population of 1,017 at the 2010 census.
Alcorn University started with what are recognized as three historic buildings. Revels resigned his seat when he accepted the position as Alcorn's first president.
The state legislature provided ,000 in cash for ten successive years for the establishment and overall operations of the college.
Congress required that states with segregated educational institutions (as was maintained throughout the former Confederacy) designate black land grant colleges in order to receive land grant monies for white colleges, as Congress had authorized the program to benefit students of all races.
Alcorn State University (Alcorn) is a historically black comprehensive land-grant institution located northwest of Lorman, Mississippi in rural Claiborne County.
It was founded in 1871 by the Reconstruction-era legislature to provide higher education for freedmen.
Alcorn State's athletic teams known as the Braves and compete in the NCAA's Division I.
All teams compete as members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Alcorn State University was founded at the former Oakland College, a school for whites established by the Presbyterian Church.
Oakland College closed its doors at the beginning of the American Civil War because of the outbreak of war; most students enlisted in the military.