"Et Facta Est Lux." On February 14, 1867, rays of light emerged from intellectual darkness when Morehouse College was founded as the Augusta Institute by the Rev. William Jefferson White.
Morehouse College was founded as Augusta Institute on February 14, 1867 at Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, GA by the Rev. William Jefferson White, with the Rev. Richard C. Coulter and the Rev. Edmund Turney. Since that time, Morehouse has become an iconic institution in higher learning, recognized globally for its impact in producing leaders who create systemic societal change.
February 14, 1867: Augusta Institute is founded at Springfield Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., by the Rev. William Jefferson White, with the Rev. Richard C. Coulter and the Rev. Edmund Turney.
1879: Institute moves to Atlanta’s Friendship Baptist Church. Becomes Atlanta Baptist Seminary.
1897: School changes its name to Atlanta Baptist College.
1913: Atlanta Baptist College changes name to Morehouse College to honor Henry Lyman Morehouse, corresponding secretary of American Baptist Home Mission.
1957: Morehouse College receives full accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
2022 Schedule of Events
A robust week of activities blends the past, present, and the future with events designed to engage students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters. Events include the annual Founder's Day Convocation, cake-cutting, Reflections of Excellence, and the A Candle in the Dark Gala. Due to COVID protocols, most campus events are not open to the public. Many events will be streamed live.
2022 A Candle in the Dark Gala
The A Candle in the Dark Gala is a black-tie affair which highlights our mission of producing leaders, pays tribute to nationally acclaimed Black leaders who are considered giants in their respective fields, and showcases the talents and oratorical skills of Morehouse students.
2022 Founder's Day Convocation
The Annual Founder's Day Convocation is one of Morehouse's most revered traditions in which the Morehouse family stops to reflect on how its founding priciples are carried forward with relevance for current and future global challenges.