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Prairie View A&M University

  Texas Historical Markers
FM 1098, Prairie View, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 30° 5' 15.64941999984", -95° 59' 18.20364"
    Texas State
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    Authorized by the Texas legislature in 1876, the Agricultural and Mechanical College for Colored Youth was Texas' second state-supported institution of higher learning. As a land grant college, it occupied a 1434-acre former slave plantation. Organized by the Texas A&M Board of Directors, Prairie View has remained a part of the Texas A&M system. The first eight students enrolled on March 11, 1878, but low enrollment caused the school to close. The following year the Prairie View Normal Institute was organized with emphasis on preparing teachers in trade and agricultural subjects. A coeducational college, Prairie View's enrollment of 16 soon reached 60. In ten years, industrial training was added to the curriculum. Intercollegiate athletics began in 1904. By 1931 the campus boasted 31 main buildings and 50 cottages. In 1934 the Southern Association of Schools granted a class A rating. In 1947 the institution became Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College. Integrated during the 1960s, the name changed to Prairie View A&M University in 1973. The University's motto is Prairie View produces productive people.

This page last updated: 7/15/2008

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