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History of Louisville Municipal College, a four-year liberal arts college (part of University of Louisville), created for African American students before desegregation.


On February 9, 1931, Louisville Municipal College for Negroes (LMC) opened as "a separate higher education institution under the administration of the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville" at Seventh and Kentucky streets, on property previously occupied by Simmons University. At the time, LMC was the only full-fledged Black liberal arts college in Kentucky and one of three Black liberal arts colleges in the country, as well as the only Black liberal arts college in the nation supported by city funds.

This guide contains information about the  history of Louisville Municipal College, an extraordinary institution of higher education and a symbol of Black pride. Based on a website created by Linda Wilson, it provides an  introduction to LMC's outstanding faculty, administrators and students as well as the leaders it produced.

Archives and Special Collections holds a wide variety of materials that document the history of Louisville Municipal College, including university records and collections donated by alumni/ae. These are described in the Documenting Louisville Municipal College guide.

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