Morris Brown is a private liberal arts college located in the Vine City community of Atlanta, Georgia. It is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Founded in 1885, just 20 years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Morris Brown took in 107 students and 9 teachers as the first educational institution in Georgia under sole African American patronage. Its naming was to honor the second consecrated Bishop of the AME Church, to produce an “institution for the moral, spiritual and intellectual growth of Negro boys and girls.” The college, at that time, was largely dependent upon a denomination whose constituency was primarily unskilled, untrained, and economically unstable. Today, the school has less than 100 students enrolled and seeks reaccreditation after facing a very public bankruptcy.
Notable Alumni Include: author James Alan McPherson; aviation pioneer Charles W. Chappelle; and comedian Sommore.