Ninety-Seven Years Ago Today: Xavier University Was Founded

Xavier University of Louisiana is founded(Photo: Xavier University of Louisiana)

Xavier University of Louisiana began its mission to educate Native American and Black students when St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament opened its doors in New Orleans on Nov. 11, 1915. After seeing the lack of Catholic schools for higher education that catered to Blacks in the South, Drexel used her inheritance to open the institution. It started as a small high school, and later became known as Xavier Prep A. Normal School. The school taught the few career fields open to Blacks at the time and grew into an institution that taught 47 major areas on the undergraduate, graduate and professional degree levels. The co-ed liberal arts college remains the only historically black Roman Catholic college in the country. 

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2 thoughts on “Ninety-Seven Years Ago Today: Xavier University Was Founded”

  1. Xavier University continues to lead their students on a path that allows them to become leaders in many fields.
    Let us take the time on to congratulate them and wish them many more years of leadership in the field of education.

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