School: Grambling State University

Location: Grambling, LA

Founded: 1901

Grambling State University opened on November 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. It was organized in 1896 by a group of African-American farmers who wanted to organize and operate a school for African-Americans in their region of the state. The school is named after P.G. Grambling, a sawmill owner who had donated the parcel of land where the school was constructed. In 1974 it became Grambling State University.