University of Scranton Recognizes Its First Black Graduate by Renaming a Building in His Honor

L.S.-BrownThe University of Scranton in Pennsylvania has renamed a building on its campus to honor its first African American graduate.

Louis Stanley Brown was born in 1902 in Scranton. At the age of 17 he earned a commercial degree from what was then St. Thomas College, later renamed the University of Scranton. The 1919 yearbook notes that Brown was ambitious and industrious as well as humorous and witty.

Despite his college education, Brown worked as a shoe shiner, coal miner, and for a local trucking company. He died at he age of 62 and his body was laid to rest in the Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton.

University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn stated that “the university is proud to dedicate Louis Stanley Brown Hall, which takes a page out of the university’s history books and brings it to new life on campus and in the greater Scranton community. As an African American college graduate in the early 1900s, he serves as an illustration to Jesuit and Catholic education’s longstanding commitment to justice.”

The building, now called Louis Stanley Brown Hall, was built in 1896. The four-story brick structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was acquired by the university in 2012. It now houses the university’s Small Business Development Center, the enrollment management division and offices for university advancement operations.


Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Two Black Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to University Provost Positions

Nosa O. Egiebor is the new provost and executive vice chancellor at Montana Technological University in Butte and Toni Williams has been named provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at Martin University in Indianapolis.

Study Finds That Protesting NFL Players Who ‘Took a Knee’ at 2016 Games Were Penalized Financially

A recent study by scholars at the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Connecticut, and Pennsylvania State University examined the career trajectories of the first 50 NFL athletes to kneel in protest during a pregame national anthem in 2016.

Winston Oluwole Soboyejo Named President of SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Soboyejo has been serving at Worchester Polytechnic Institute since 2017, first as dean of engineering, then provost and senior vice president, and later interim president. Earlier, Dr. Soboyejo was a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University for 17 years.

Education Department Debuts the Equity in Education Dashboard

the website is divided into a series of domains, each of which includes a set of indicators. The indicators highlight disparities in education among population groups, including differences by race/ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status, English learner status, and disability status.

Featured Jobs