School: Spelman College

Location: Atlanta, GA

Founded:1881

In April 1884, John D. Rockerfeller visited the school and was so impressed that he settled the heavy debt on the property. The name of the school is derived from its previous name, the Spelman Seminary, which was in honor of Laura Spelman, wife of Rockerfeller, who helped to fund the school. Spelman's parents were longtime activists in the anti-slavery movement. Rockerfeller also donated the funds for what is currently the oldest building on campus, Rockerfeller Hall. Spelman is the oldest historically black college for women.