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150 Facts from 150 Years
The Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel was dedicated in 1896 and is the second oldest building on campus.
Noted Orator and Abolitionist, Frederick Douglass served on the Board of Trustees of Howard University from 1871 to 1895.
In 1990, Franklyn Jenifer became 14th President of Howard University. Dr. Jenifer was the first Howard graduate to hold that position.
James Thomas Wormley received a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 1870, thereby becoming the first graduate of the Howard University Medical Department.
Thurgood Marshall, became the first African American Supreme Court Justice, he served from 1967 - 1991.
David Dinkins, a Howard alum, is the first and only African-American mayor of New York City from 1990-1993.
Howard Alumna Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first female African-American newspaper editor in North America.
Charles Hamilton Houston, was primarily responsible for developing the legal strategy that eventually led the United States Supreme Court to declare segregation in American schools unconstitutional.
In 1946, William Hastie was appointed the first African-American governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands by President Truman.
In 1997, acclaimed artist and Howard alumna Elizabeth Catlett (B.S.’35) created the large sculpture titled, “Students Aspire”, which is mounted on the exterior of the Lewis K. Downing building on the main campus.