3026 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63103 / Cake artist: Linda Thompson


Founded in 1857, it was the first public teacher institution west of the Mississippi River. It was founded as a ‘normal school’ (name for a college that trains high school graduates to be teachers) for whites, and was named Harris Teachers College, after William Torrey Harris. In 1890, a black ‘normal school’ was founded and was named after author Harriet Beecher Stowe (famous for Uncle Tom’s Cabin). The Harris and Stowe schools merged as a result from the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education court ruling. In 2005, the school attained university status, as it was re-named its current name. It is one of two historically black colleges in Missouri. Notable alumni include former St. Louis television news anchor Julius Hunter, and Bobby Wilks, the first African-American promoted to Captain of the United States Coast Guard. Motto: ‘Inspiring change’


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