Benjamin Mays and Morehouse College  


Benjamin E. Mays


In 1867, Richard C. Coulter, an Augusta, Georgia, resident and former slave, Reverent Edmund Turney, educator of freedmen and organizer of the National Theological Institute in Washington, D.C., and William Jefferson White, an Augusta Baptist minister and cabinetmaker, founded the Augusta Institute. With educating the recently emancipated Negroes as their mission, they started a campaign that was highly unpopular in the South. In addition to operating with inadequate facilities during its early years, the Institute also had to deal with protests from the recently formed Ku Klux Klan.