Morehouse College, named after Henry L. Morehouse, began as the Augusta Theological Institute in the basement of Springfield Baptist Church–the oldest independent African-American church in the United States. Two years after the Civil War ended, in 1867, Morehouse was born; its primary purpose was to prepare Black men for ministry and teaching. The school relocated to its current site in Atlanta’s West End community in 1885. Under the leadership of the College’s first African-American president, noted educator and civil rights activist Dr. John Hope, the school took on a particular view that education for African Americans should emphasize more than just vocational and agricultural skills. Today, Morehouse has opened a $20 million Ray Charles Performing Arts Center and Music Academic Building, the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and currently ranks #4 HBCU in U.S. News Best Colleges Report.
Notable Alumni Include: President and COO of Lockheed Martin, Arthur E. Johnson; Howard University’s first African American President, Mordecai Johnson; and theologian Howard Thurman.