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Howard University was founded in 1866 by missionaries as a training facility for black preachers. It was decided that the school would be named after Civil war hero General Oliver O. Howard,  a white man, who was serving as the Commissioner of the Freedman’s Bureau. The bureau, which was founded in 1865, was a U.S. government agency that aided freed blacks. Within a year, the school’s focus had expanded to include liberal arts and medical training. On May 1, 1867, Howard University held classes with five white female students,  the daughters of the school’s founders. Built on three acres, Howard University...

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