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Alabama A&M University
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Alabama A&M University logo
Motto Service is Sovereignty
Established 1875
Type Public, HBCU
Endowment $119 million
President Andrew Hugine, Jr.
Undergraduates 5,000
Postgraduates 1,000
Location Normal, Alabama,
United States

34°47′05″N 86°34′12″W / 34.784643°N 86.569950°W / 34.784643; -86.569950Coordinates: 34°47′05″N 86°34′12″W / 34.784643°N 86.569950°W / 34.784643; -86.569950
Campus Suburban, 880 acres (3.6 km2)
Colors Maroon and White
Nickname Bulldogs or Lady Bulldogs
Mascot Butch
Athletics NCAA Division I FCS
Affiliations Southwestern Athletic Conference

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, also known as Alabama A&M University or AAMU, is a public, historically black university, Land-grant university located in Normal, Madison County, Alabama. [1][2] AAMU is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.



William Hooper Councill (center), lawyer, editor and founder of Huntsville Normal School (later Alabama A&M University), posing with some of his students.

Alabama A&M was originally established by an act of the Alabama State Legislature in 1873 as the State Normal School and University for the Education of the Colored Teachers and Students.

Peyton Finley introduced twin bills in the State Board of Education for the establishment of four "normal" schools for whites and four for blacks in 1875. In that same year, William Hooper Councill became founder of Alabama A&M University.

By 1878, the state appropriation increased to $2,000 and the school changed its name to the State Normal and Industrial School. Industrial training began in 1883. In 1885, the name was changed to State Normal and Industrial School of Huntsville.

Presidents of Alabama A&M[1]
William H. Councill 1875–1909
William Buchanan 1909–1920
Theophilus Parker 1920–1927
Joseph Fanning Drake 1927–1962
Richard Morrison 1962–1984
Douglas Covington 1984–1987
Carl Marbury 1987–1991
David Henson 1991–1995
John Gibson 1996–2005
Robert R. Jennings 2006–2008
Andrew Hugine, Jr. 2009–present

By 1890, the students numbered 300, with 11 teachers, the school site became known as Normal, Alabama, and a post office was established. Students were called "Normalites." In 1891, the school was designated as a land-grant college through legislative enactment February 13 and received funds as a land-grant college under the terms of the Morrill Act of 1890. The name was changed to the State Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes. In 1896 the name changed to The State Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes.

In 1919, the school became the State Agricultural and Mechanical Institute for Negroes, and in 1948 it was renamed the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1939, the State Board of Education gives authority to offer course work on the senior college level.

In 1949, the name changed to Alabama A&M College. AAMU becomes fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1963. Finally, in June 1969, the school adopted its current name.



The logo of the unified Alabama Cooperative Extension System is displayed in front of the James I. Dawson Cooperative Extension Building, named in honor the former associate dean for Extension and administrator of the Alabama A&M University Cooperative Extension Program. The Dawson Building serves as the Alabama A&M University headquarters of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

On May 1, 1875, the school opened with a state appropriation of $1,000, 61 pupils, and two teachers at its first location on Clinton Street in Huntsville. In 1881, the school was moved to first school-owned property on West Clinton Street (the land upon which the Von Braun Center is presently located) known as the "Dement Place." The property on West Clinton Street was deeded to the State of Alabama by trustees in 1884.

In 1885, the state appropriations were increased to $4,000 and a building erected for industrial training through $1,000 grant from the Slater Fund.

On September 30, 1891 the present site of 182.73 acres (739,000 m²) was purchased. The school expanded to include agriculture and home economics and Palmer Hall (named for State Superintendent Solomon Palmer) and (Governor Thomas) Seay Hall were built with student labor.

The first library on the campus was built with funds from the Carnegie Foundation in 1904 for $12,000, and was named for its benefactor, Andrew Carnegie. In the 1940s, it was remodeled at a cost of $70,000 and provided additional book stacks and reading rooms. The library was two stories tall, and with a little over 4,000 square feet (370 m²); it served several purposes and housed the offices of the President, Business Manager and Treasurer, Home and Farm Demonstration Agents, the U.S. Post Office at Normal, and on the second floor, living quarters for male faculty. In 1947, the library was enlarged 5,000 square feet (460 m²), which reflected the college's growth. So rapid was the college's student growth that they even outgrew the nearly 10,000 square foot (930 m²) library, and in 1962, a new Reference Annex was added. In January 1968, a new 60,000 square foot (5,600 m²) library was completed and occupied and was named in honor of Dr. Drake. It was designed to house 300,000 volumes and 1,000 students. In 1972, the Educational Media Center and the Library merged to form the Learning Resources Center, which incorporates interactive and multi-media. In 2002 the competition of the latest renovation saw the [LRC] become a 75,000-square-foot (7,000 m2) structure now housing over 400,000 volumes, digital research sources and other student oriented services.

In 1911, McCormick (Hospital) Hall and Councill Domestic Science Building were erected and Bibb Graves Hall was constructed in 1929.

In 1994, the Mamie Labon Foster Student Living/Learning Complex erected. Groundbreaking was held for new School of Business facility in 1995 and stadium and residence hall construction begins.

In 2001, earth work begins on new School of Engineering and Technology, library renovations underway and the athletic complex was expanded. The Engineering and Technology building construction was completed in 2002 and opened for classes in January 2003.

The Learning Resources Center renovations were completed in 2002 . The renovation added over 15,000 square feet (1,400 m²), an interactive Distance Learning Auditorium, conference, study and class rooms, lounges, computer lab and much more.

Student activities


Alabama A&M's sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly I-AA for football) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Alabama A&M's colors are maroon and white and their mascot is the Bulldog. The Alabama A&M Department of Athletics sponsors Men's Intercollegiate basketball, football, baseball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field along with Women's Intercollegiate tennis, basketball, soccer, track, cross country, bowling, volleyball and softball. Also offered are men's and women's swimming clubs.

In 2005, the men's basketball team won its first SWAC regular season and tournament championship. In 2006, the football team won its first SWAC Championship.


Alabama A&M University is the licensee for National Public Radio affiliate station WJAB 90.9,[3] which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on campus.

Alabama A&M University Choir

In May 2008, the Alabama A&M University Choir was slated to participate in the American Choral Music Festival in Leipzig, Germany. In 2007, the choir became the first HBCU choir to be invited to attend the American Choral Festival in Germany

On Thursday, January 21, 2010 the choir performed a historical concert at the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA) Annual Conference. This was a historical event because the choir was the first HBCU Choir in the state to perform at that conference.

Telecommunications Program

In 2008, Telecommunications students played an active role on campus. Katherine Mitchell and Alexandria Jackson created the A&M's news show Hump Day. In 2009, Brandon Blevins and Brandon "Wizeman" Lewis created a series of Alabama A&M University short films including Ebony Fire, Tone of Demise 2 and Matters of the Heart.

Dairy Team

In 2009, the AAMU Dairy Team captures silver honors in national competition.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Howard Ballard former National Football League player (2 time Pro-Bowler, 4 time Super Bowler)
Cleon Jones former Major League Baseball player
Seville Briggs Future Rapper/Song writer Hip-Hop
Brick Haley Defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears
Sun Ra attended jazz musician
John Stallworth National Football League Hall of Fame member, former Pittsburgh Steelers player and four time Pro-Bowler
Ruben Studdard attended American Idol season 2 winner
Barry Wagner Arena Football League player
Michael Crooms Music Producer
Robert Mathis National Football League player

See also


Additional reading

  1. Morrison, Richard David. History of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University: 1875-1992. Huntsville, Ala. : Liberal Arts Press, c1994.
  2. ^ "Results". Retrieved 23 November 2005. 
  3. ^ "Historically Black Colleges and Universities". Retrieved 23 November 2005. 
  4. ^ "WJAB Jazz & Blues!!". Retrieved 23 November 2005. 

Saintjones, Jerome (2006). Publications. Office of Information and Public Relations, Alabama A&M University, Normal, Ala.

External links

  • -- Official web site
  • -- Alabama Cooperative Extension System (university's primary outreach organization)


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