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2004

In December, the institution’s charter is amended and the name Florida Memorial University is adopted.

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2005

New name announced during Founders’ Day Convocation on March 18.

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2007

FMU student Barrington Irving becomes the youngest person and first Black to fly solo around the world.

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2013

Dr. Roslyn Artis becomes first woman appointed president of FMU.

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2016

President Barack Obama visits grounds of Florida Memorial University.

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2018

FMU celebrates 50 years of academic excellence in South Florida

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1879

Founded as Florida Baptist Institute in Live Oak by members of Bethlehem Baptist Association to educate ministers and children. Reverend J.L.A. Fish becomes school’s first president.

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2019

Dr. Jaffus Hardrick appointed 14th president of Florida Memorial University

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1892

Shots fired into main school building at the height of racial tensions School splinters when President Rev. Matthew Gilbert and J.T. Brown flee to Jacksonville and begin Florida Baptist Academy in basement of Bethel Baptist Church Classes at Florida Baptist Academy start with Sarah Ann Blocker as the main instructor

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1896

Nathan White Collier appointed president of Florida Baptist Academy, a post he held for 45 years Collier hires John Rosamond Johnson to teach music at the Academy Rosamond Johnson composes music for older brother James Weldon Johnson’s poem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” now known as the Negro National Anthem.

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