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Edward Waters College
Established 1866
Type Private, HBCU
Religious affiliation African Methodist Episcopal Church
Endowment $2 million
President Nathaniel "Nat" Glover, Jr (Interim)
Vice-president Eurmon Hervey Jr.
Students 800
Location United States Jacksonville, Florida,
United States
Campus Urban, 23 acres
Colors Purple, Orange and White
Nickname Tigers and Lady Tigers
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Affiliations Florida Sun Conference

Edward Waters College is a private college located in Jacksonville, Florida. It was founded in 1866 to educate freed former slaves and is the oldest black college in Florida.



The first AME pastor in the state, Rev. William G. Steward, originally named the college Brown Theological Institute. The school went through some financial difficulties and closed for much of the 1870s. It reopened in 1883 with an extended educational program and its current name.

The original Edward Waters College was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1901, but by 1904 new land was obtained and work was started on the new college. Edward Waters was accredited as a junior college in 1955 under President William B. Stewart and five years later had a restored four-year curriculum. Beginning in 1979 the school was accredited as a four-year institution by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and started awarding bachelor's degrees. The college's accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2006—after being placed on probation in 2004 following the uncovering of a plagiarism scandal and financial mismanagement.



Historic facilities

Centennial Hall
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Coordinates: 30°20′42″N 81°41′5″W / 30.345°N 81.68472°W / 30.345; -81.68472Coordinates: 30°20′42″N 81°41′5″W / 30.345°N 81.68472°W / 30.345; -81.68472
Built/Founded: 1916
Architect: Howell and Stokes
Governing body: Georgia Board of Regents
Added to NRHP: May 4, 1976 (1976-05-04)
NRHP Reference#: 76000589 [1]

Centennial Hall, which contains the Obi-Scott-Umunna Collection of African Art, is the oldest building on campus. Built in 1916, it was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places on May 4, 1976. [1]


Dr. Claudette Williams resigned as president of Edward Waters in February 2010 to assume a position as a vice president with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. [2] Williams became the first female president of the college in 2007. [2]

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference
Nat Glover former sheriff of Jacksonville, Florida
Betty Holzendorf former Florida State Senator (D-Jacksonville)
Fredrick Douglass Harper author and scholar
Rahman Johnson TV personality, actor and former Commissioner
Reggie Brown Jacksonville City Council Representative (D-District 10)
Buck O'Neil Negro League Baseball player
Corrine Brown honorary degrees to U.S. Representative who also served as a faculty member of the school
Willye Dennis Florida State Representative
John Delaney former mayor of Jacksonville, Florida and current president of the University of North Florida

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