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Join Oakwood's Founders Day Challenge
Posted By: Elynor Moss on November 14, 2019

Oakwood’s founders were all prominent SDA World Church leaders: co-founder/author Mrs. Ellen G. White, President O.A. Olsen, Treasurer H. Lindsey and G.A. Irwin, the Southern District director.

Throughout its history, the school has undergone four name changes, each one reflective of its growth and advancing academic status:

1896 – Oakwood Industrial School
1904 – Oakwood Manual Training School
1917 – Oakwood Junior College
1943 – Oakwood College
2008 – Oakwood University

All alumni, students and friends of Oakwood University are asked to join us in celebrating Founders Day, November 16, 1896.

Our goal is to have 1,896 donors by Founders Day, November 16, 2019.

Share the challenge with friends and family by visiting the Oakwood website https://give.oakwood.edu/founders-day-2/ to donate $18.96, $189.60, $1,896.00, $18,960.00 --or any amount.

Join us in this challenge celebrating the history and mission of Oakwood University of transforming students' lives. Show your pride and loyalty to Oakwood through philanthropy.

The mission of Oakwood University, a historically black, Seventh-day Adventist institution, is to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.

Oakwood University, in Huntsville, Alabama, was founded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) in 1896 to educate the recently-freed African-Americans of the South. Drawing upon its Christian faith and the emancipation of slaves by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, it believed that “all people are created equal” and deserved the opportunity to learn a trade.

Originally, the school was called “Oakwood Industrial School,” opening its doors November 16, with 16 students. A year earlier, the 380-acre former slave plantation was purchased for $6,700. Its towering oak trees – which gave way to the name “Oakwood” – dotted the early residence of America’s most famous slave, Dred Scott.

Additional land was acquired in 1918, nearly tripling the campus size to its current 1,186 acres.

Publishers: Oakwood University Development and IMPR Staff
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