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Paul Quinn College

Paul Quinn College is a private, historically black college (HBCU) located on 144 acres just south of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA). The college is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME).


3837 Simpson Stuart Rd
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The mission of the College is to provide a quality
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College History


Paul Quinn College is oldest historically black college west of the Mississippi River. The college was founded in 1872 in Austin, Texas by a small group of African Methodist Episcopal preachers at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church. Originally, the college was called the Connectional High School and Institute. The school�s original purpose was to educate freedmen and their children. In 1877, the College moved from Austin to Waco, and was renamed Waco College. Classes were held in a modest one-building trade school; freedmen were taught the skills of blacksmithing, carpentry, tanning, and saddle work, common occupations for the area, especially in the increasingly segregated state. This was the model established by the Tuskegee Institute. Presidents of Paul Quinn College 1872 � 1876 Bishop J.M. Brown 1876 � 1880 Bishop R.H. Cain 1880 � 1883 H.T. Keling 1883 � 1891 I.M. Burgan 1891 � 1892 N.A. Banks 1904 � 1908 W.I. Laws 1908 � 1911 D.A. Butler 1911 � 1914 I.M. Burgan 1914 � 1924 J.K. Williams 1924 � 1926 J.F. Williams 1926 � 1928 N.A. Banks 1928 � 1932 Dean Mohr 1932 � 1939 A.S. Jackson 1939 � 1942 J.W. Yancy II 1942 � 1943 George Davis 1943 � 1946 George Singleton 1946 � 1951 Nanie Bell Aycock 1951 � 1953 Sherman L. Green, Jr. 1953 � 1956 Frank R. Veal 1956 � 1962 John H. Adams 1962 � 1969 L.H. McCloney 1969 � 1976 Stanley E. Rutland 1976 � 1978 Reuben D. Manning 1979 � 1981 William D. Watley 1981 � 1982 L.H. McCloney 1982 � 1984 Norman W. Handy 1984 � 1992 Warren W. Morgan 1992 � 1992 Winston D. Powers 1992 � 2001 Lee E. Monroe 2002 � 2005 Dwight J. Fennell 2006 � 2007 John Waddell 2007 � Present Michael J. Sorrell, Esq. Later, under the direction of Bishop William Paul Quinn (1788�1873), A.M.E. districts were developed throughout the South and tasked with raising funds to improve the College. During this period, more than twenty acres of additional land was purchased and the curriculum was expanded to include the classical subjects of Latin, mathematics, music, theology, English, plus vocational skills in carpentry, sewing, and household, kitchen, and dining room work. In May 1881, the College was chartered by the State of Texas and changed its name to Paul Quinn College to commemorate the contributions of Bishop William Paul Quinn.

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The mission of the College is to provide a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in their communities. Academic excellence lies at the heart of the College's mission, along with the values of integrity, responsibility, accountability, fiduciary responsibility, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.



Dick Campbell, theatre producer and director in New York, who helped launch the career of Ossie Davis. Christopher Saunders - sports broadcaster for ZNS-TV-13 Broadcasting in the Bahamas Mims Hackett - former politician, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly, 27th Legislative District from 2002�2007, Frank Sims - Retired Corporate Vice President of Transportation & Supply Chain Solutions, Cargill Incorporated; Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Nuru Witherspoon - Partner at Kelley|Witherspoon, LLP Hiawatha Williams - entrepreneur and founder of Williams Chicken Korey Williams - Canadian Football League player Andy Cooper- 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and star pitcher in the Negro Leagues for the Detroit Stars and the Kansas City Monarchs



144 acres