FMU
HISTORY

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.

–Marcus Garvey

2019
2019

2019

  • Dr. Jaffus Hardrick appointed 14th president of Florida Memorial University
2018
2018

2018

  • FMU celebrates 50 years of academic excellence in South Florida
2016
2016

2016

  • President Barack Obama visits grounds of Florida Memorial University.
2013
2013

2013

  • Dr. Roslyn Artis becomes first woman appointed president of FMU.
2007
2007

2007

  • FMU student Barrington Irving becomes the youngest person and first Black to fly solo around the world.
2005
2005

2005

  • New name announced during Founders’ Day Convocation on March 18.
2004
2004

2004

  • In December, the institution’s charter is amended and the name Florida Memorial University is adopted.
1968
1968

1968

  • On November 11, the new campus opens as Florida Memorial College.
1965
1965

1965

  • Trustees purchase a 48-acre former air strip near Opa-locka in Dade County. Dr. Royal W. Puryear oversees relocation of the school to South Florida.
1952
1952

1952

1950’s – 1960’s

  • FMU alum Rev. Howard Thurman is recognized in 1952 by Life Magazine as one of the twelve most influential religious leaders in the country
1950
1950

1950’s – 1960’s

1950’s – 1960’s

  • Students participate in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • University adopts educational model from Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute.
  • Students are trained for careers in education, industry, the domestic arts, agriculture, mechanics and religion.
1942
1942

1942

  • The Baptist General State Convention votes to merge its two schools.
  • The Florida Institute at Live Oak is closed and combined with Florida Baptist Academy to form what became Florida Normal Industrial and Memorial College in St. Augustine.
  • Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston, serves as an instructor for the school during this time.
1918
1918

1918

  • The School begins its third incarnation at its new home in St. Augustine on September 24.
1901
1901

1901-1941

1901-1941

  • Florida Baptist Academy and Florida Institute continue to operate independently of each other
  • The demands of growth and expansion
1896
1896

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.
1892
1892

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
1879
1879

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.

FMU THROUGH THE YEARS

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