150th Anniversary of Virginia Union University


WHEREAS, Virginia Union University (VUU) was founded in 1865 in Richmond, Virginia, by the American Baptist Home Mission Society; and

WHEREAS, VUU is one of the oldest historically black colleges in the South, providing a bridge to intellectual freedom and equality for countless students of all races and nationalities; and

WHEREAS, VUU was a leader in providing education and  training for African-Americans during the earliest trials of the Civil War, offering courses and programs at college, high school, and preparatory levels to both men and women; and

WHEREAS, VUU is a union of four schools, including Wayland Seminary, Richmond Theological Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial College, and Storer College; and

WHEREAS, VUU’s original mission of educating freed slaves following the Civil War has expanded to developing scholars, leaders, and lifelong learners; and

WHEREAS, VUU’s tens of thousands of alumni have made significant contributions in art, science, business, theology, medicine, education, and politics; and

WHEREAS, VUU continues to provide outstanding education and contributes to the rich cultural history of the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Union University celebrates 150 years of teaching during the academic year of September 2014 – May 2014;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2014 asthe 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.