After the Civil War ended, members of the First Congregational Society of Washington wanted to establish a seminary to educate African-American clergymen. They soon added a liberal arts college and medical school to the plan. Their idea eventually grew to what is known as Howard University, established on March 2, 1867. The school was named after founder Gen. Oliver O. Howard, who led the Union army in the Civil War, and was the commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau.
By 1960, the University had expanded to 10 schools and colleges, all fully accredited, and 6,000 students. The school boasts of many distinguished alumni, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Chadwick Boseman, and Vice President Kamala Harris.