Today in History: First Black Graduate from America College

John Brown Russwurm

John Brown Russwurm

On this day August 23rd 1826, John Brown Russwurm, was considered to be the first Black in America to graduate college.

Two years after entering Bowdoin College, he received his Bachelor’s degree on September 6, 1826.

A lesser known Black student, Edward Jones, graduated just two weeks before on August 23, 1826 from Amherst College.

Both men received their Masters, John in 1829 and Edward in 1830.

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