Struggles of reconstruction


A picture of Howard College’s East Lake campus taken in 1897, 10 years after the college moved from Marion to a 60-acre site donated by the community as part of its recruitment of the Baptist school. Photo courtesy of Special Collection, Samford University Library, Birmingham, Alabama

In February 1866 the South was in the early stages of reconstruction and many cities were having a difficult time recovering. Judson College in Marion, known originally as The Judson Female Institute, was able to recover while barely skipping a beat while Howard College (now Samford University) was having a slower rebuilding process. The Alabama Baptist editor encouraged everyone to take heart and not be discouraged by the slow process. An editorial in the paper explained that the “freedmen” had mostly stayed with their original owners and were now receiving wages. It was only a matter of time before the former slaves made their own churches. (TAB)

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