Samford History Storyline

The Samford History Timeline is a select history of the university compiled by the Office of University Historian

Timeline data collected from a number of sources including, but not limited to, Alabama Baptist State Convention minutes, university yearbooks (Entre Nous) and student newspapers (the Crimson), Seasons Magazine, histories from University Libraries, as well as input from the University Archivist, oral history interviews, and other university sources. This timeline is a work in progress and will continue to evolve as we expand our research. Originals of timeline photographs are housed in Samford University Special Collection (http://library.samford.edu/about/special.html).

ALABAMA RESOLUTIONS

The Alabama Resolutions, which included the demand that slaveholders be eligible for denominational offices, passed at Siloam Baptist Church. Their later failure at the Triennial Convention precipitated the formation of the Southern Baptist Convention.

THE ALABAMA BAPTIST

The Alabama Baptist newspaper is first published on February 4, 1843 in Marion, Alabama. http://thealabamabaptist.org/more-about-the-alabama-baptist.php?id_about=2

JUDSON COLLEGE

Judson College, the Baptist college for women, established in Marion, Alabama

HOWARD v. ALABAMA

Howard College plays the University of Alabama, the defending Rose Bowl Champion. The game, which ended in a 7 - 7 tie, is perhaps the school's most famous football game.

INCORPORATION

Howard College Incorporation. In November 1841, at their regular convention meeting in Talladega, the Alabama Baptist State Convention decided to establish a college for men. The founders chose to name the school Howard College in honor of John Howard, an eighteenth century English social reformer who frequently risked his own life to better the wretched condition of prisoners in that era. He was widely revered as a model of Christian compassion when the school was founded.

CLASSES BEGIN

First day of classes in Marion, Alabama.

CAMPUS FIRE

On May 10, 1844, a fire destroyed the building that housed Howard College. Luckily, the library and most of the equipment survived.

SECOND CAMPUS FIRE

A second fire destroys Howard College. President Talbird's slave, Harry, and one student perish in the fire.

HOWARD COLLEGE SOLD

Howard College is sold on the steps of the county court house to satisfy the Matthew Turner judgment.

MOVE TO EAST LAKE

First day of classes on the East Lake campus. Howard College starts the year in their new location with 83 students.

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