|Zion Wesley Institute (1879–1887)|
|Motto||A Call To Commitment. Taking Livingstone College to the next level|
|Type||Private historically black college|
|African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church|
|59 (fall 2021)|
|Students||890 (fall 2021)|
|Campus||Small town, 272 acres (1.10 km2)|
|Colors||Columbia blue and black|
Livingstone College Historic District
|Location||W. Monroe St., Salisbury, North Carolina|
|Area||23 acres (9.3 ha)|
|Architectural style||Victorian Eclectic|
|NRHP reference No.||82003509|
|Added to NRHP||May 27, 1982|
Livingstone College is a private historically black Christian college in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Livingstone College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's degrees.
Livingstone College along with Hood Theological Seminary began as Zion Wesley Institute in Concord, North Carolina in 1879. After fundraising by Joseph C. Price and J. W. Hood, the school was closed in Concord and reopened in 1882 a few miles north in Salisbury.
Zion Wesley Institute was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. The institute changed its name to Livingstone College in 1887 to honor African missionary David Livingstone. That same year, the school granted its first degree. The first group of students to graduate included eight men and two women, the first black women to earn bachelor's degrees in North Carolina.
Originally beginning with 40 acres on a Salisbury farm called Delta Grove, Livingstone College's main campus now consists of 272 acres.
In August 2014, Livingstone submitted plans for converting a former Holiday Inn on Jake Alexander Boulevard into a hospitality school. Livingstone's School of Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts, a program accredited in 2012, had moved to the new location by 2015.
The Livingstone College Historic District is a national historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The district encompasses 16 contributing buildings, 1 contributing structure, and 1 contributing object on the Livingstone College campus and adjacent residential sections in Salisbury. Notable buildings include the Price house (1884), Harris house (1889), Aggrey house (1912), Ballard Hall (1887), Dodge Hall (1886), Carnegie Library (1908), Goler Hall (1917), Hood Building (1910), and Price Memorial Building (1930-1943).
On the campus is an athletic marker erected in 1956 to commemorate the first African-American intercollegiate football game, in 1892.
Livingstone is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II, and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Its intercollegiate sports programs include basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf, and track and field. The nickname for the school's teams is the Blue Bears.
The Livingstone College football team has had a long history since playing in the first Black college football game in 1892 against Johnson C. Smith University (then called Biddle University). The rivalry between the two schools continues to this day as the Commemorative Classic. The Blue Bears also maintain a rivalry with their cross town rival Catawba College Indians. The early October game between the two schools is called the Mayors' Cup.
The current football stadium that the university uses for matches is the Alumni Memorial Stadium (Livingstone)
|Charles Sterling Acolatse||Ghana jurist, Supreme Court Judge of Ghana|
|James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey||preacher, Pan-African thinker and educator|||
|Daniel S. Bentley||minister, writer, and African American newspaper proprietor|||
|George Lincoln Blackwell||1888||theologian and author|||
|Solomon Carter Fuller||1893||psychiatrist who made significant contributions to the study of Alzheimer's disease|||
|Ben Coates||1990||former NFL All-Pro tight end for New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens|||
|James Benson Dudley||was President of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina from 1896 until his death in 1925|||
|Roy Davage Hudson||B.S. 1955||neuropharmacologist and former president of Hampton University|||
|Elizabeth Duncan Koontz||1938||1st Black President of the National Education Association & head of the United States Women's Bureau of the United States Department of Labor[when?]|||
|Vergel L. Lattimore||Air National Guard Brigadier General|||
|John Kinard||1960||Minister, community activist, and first director of the Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C.|||
|Philip A. Payton, Jr.||known as the "Father of Harlem"|||
|Wilmont Perry||1997||former NFL running back for the New Orleans Saints|||
|John Terry||1991||former CFL All-Star for the Saskatchewan Roughriders|||
|William J. Trent||1930||Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund||https://www.nytimes.com/1993/11/29/obituaries/william-trent-83-director-of-negro-college-fund.html|
|Norman Yokely||former baseball pitcher in negro league baseball. He played from 1926 to 1946 with several teams|||
|Ruth Whitehead Whaley||First Black woman admitted to the bar in New York and North Carolina.|
|Rufus Early Clement||Professor and dean||was the sixth and longest-serving president of historically black Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.|||
|George James||Professor||was a South American historian and author, best known for his 1954 book Stolen Legacy, in which he argued that Greek philosophy originated in ancient Egypt.|
|Natrone Means||Football coach||Former professional American Football running back who played for the San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Carolina Panthers of the NFL from 1993 to 2000.|||
|Carolyn R. Payton||Professor||Director of the Peace Corps during the Carter Administration|||
|Norries Wilson||Football coach||he served as the first African-American head football coach in the Ivy League, with the Columbia University football team.[when?]|||
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