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150 Facts from 150 Years

No. 26

Fact of the Day

Andrew Rankin Chapel

The Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel was dedicated in 1896 and is the second oldest building on campus. 

Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel

Facts

No. 26

Andrew Rankin Chapel

The Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel was dedicated in 1896 and is the second oldest building on campus. 

No. 25

George William Cook

George William Cook Hall was formally dedicated on June, 1940.

No. 24

Frederick Douglass

Noted Orator and Abolitionist, Frederick Douglass served on the Board of Trustees of Howard University from 1871 to 1895.

No. 23

Franklyn Jenifer

In 1990, Franklyn Jenifer became 14th President of Howard University. Dr. Jenifer was the first Howard graduate to hold that position.

No. 22

James Thomas Wormley

James Thomas Wormley received a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree in 1870, thereby becoming the first graduate of the Howard University Medical Department.

No. 21

Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall, became the first African American Supreme Court Justice, he served from 1967 - 1991. 

No. 20

David Dinkins

David Dinkins, a Howard alum, is the first and only African-American mayor of New York City from 1990-1993.

No. 19

Mary Ann Shadd Cary

Howard Alumna Mary Ann Shadd Cary was the first female African-American newspaper editor in North America.

No. 18

Charles Hamilton Houston

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. 

No. 17

William Hastie

In 1946, William Hastie was appointed the first African-American governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands by President Truman.

No. 16

Elizabeth Catlett

 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.

No. 15

Nelson Mandela

Howard University awarded the Doctor of Laws degree to South African President Nelson Mandela at a Special Convocation on October 7, 1994.