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Watch now: N.C. A&T marks 130 years
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Watch now: N.C. A&T marks 130 years


N.C. A&T marks its 130th birthday with a new website that highlights key alumni and friends and major campus events.

GREENSBORO — N.C. A&T is commemorating its founding 130 years ago today.

The university didn't schedule an in-person event to mark this milestone because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But it created a website that highlights major moments in the university's history and spotlights some notable A&T graduates, professors and others affiliated with the school over the years.

The state legislature established the Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race on March 9, 1891. Classes met in a basement at Shaw University in Raleigh until the new school moved to 14 acres in Greensboro in 1893. Its first graduating class in 1899 had seven students.

Today, A&T has nearly 13,000 students and is the largest four-year historically Black college and university in the nation. The university introduced its first doctoral program in 1995 and now has 10 Ph.D. offerings. U.S. News and World Report has ranked A&T as the nation's best public HBCU for the last three years. 

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For past News & Record coverage of significant milestones in A&T's recent history, check out these stories:

Obama at N.C. A&T: 'This isn't about me' (Oct. 11, 2016)

Three days in May: A look back at the 1969 disturbances that rocked a college campus and a city (May 19, 2019)

Could Lt. Robert Campbell of N.C. A&T be in line for a Medal of Honor? (Sept. 8, 2019)

The story behind the iconic photo of Greensboro sit-ins that the world almost didn't see (Jan. 30, 2020)

Mister A&T: University names its business school for alum Willie Deese (Feb. 27, 2020)

Contact John Newsom at (336) 373-7312 and follow @JohnNewsomNR on Twitter.​

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