The original tombstone of Thomas Jefferson resides on the
MU campus. Jefferson's heirs gave it to the campus in July
1883 because it was the first state university in the Louisiana
Women were first admitted to the university in 1867, but only
to the teachers' school. They were granted full admission
On January 9, 1892, the school's main academic building, simply
called Academic Hall, burned to the ground, leaving little
more than six stone columns standing. The columns, which still
stand today, became a symbol of the campus and form the center
of Francis Quadrangle, the oldest part of campus. This section,
where the buildings are built of red brick, are known as "red
campus." East of the quadrangle, many buildings were
built in 1913 and 1914 of white limestone. This section is
known as "white campus."
In 1908, the world's first school of journalism was founded
at UMC. Today, UMC is known for its journalism and agriculture
The University of Missouri and Civil Rights
In the winter of 1935, four graduates of Lincoln University--a
traditionally black school about 30 miles away in Jefferson
City, Missouri--were denied admission to UMC's graduate school.
One of the students, Lloyd L. Gaines, brought his case to
the United States Supreme Court. On December 12, 1938, in
a landmark 6-2 decision, the court ordered the state of Missouri
to admit Gaines to UMC's law school or provide a facility
of equal stature. Gaines, however, disappeared in Chicago
on March 19, 1939.
Although Gaines did not survive to benefit from the decision,
the case led directly to the 1954 case of Brown v. Board of
Education, which declared segregation in education unconstitutional.
The UM Board of Curators renamed the school's Black Culture
Center in Gaines' honor in 2001.
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