Historic Markers Across Alabama

Emerson Institute

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: 759 Palmetto Street, Mobile, AL
County: Mobile
Coordinates: N 30° 40.98    W 088° 3.047
  30.683    -88.05078333
Waymark: None


Emerson Institute

On this site stood Emerson Institute, Mobile's first school for the formal education of African-Americans and one of the few 19th-century normal schools for African-Americans in Alabama. Founded 1865 by the Freedmen's Bureau, the school was run by the American Missionary Association from 1866 until 1927 when it became a Mobile County public school. First located in the "Blue College" on Government Street, the school moved in 1877 here to 266 Scott Street after a disastrous fire. Many of its students had careers of local and national distinction. Emerson closed in 1970 and its buildings were demolished as part of the city's plan for urban renewal.

Sponsored by the Emerson Alumni Association
and the Mobile Housing Board.
Alabama Historical Association 1995.

End of Emerson Institute