Auburn opened doors to girls and challenged the University of Alabama to do the same
On June 14, in 1892 the A. & M College at Auburn (NOTE: this was the way it was published in the newspaper – should be Alabama Polytechnic – (later renamed Auburn University) opened the doors of the institution to girls over 18 years of age and challenged the University of Alabama to do the same.
Below is the news article transcription about the historic occasion in the Times Daily of Florence, Alabama.
Historical Seminary, of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn. Students are sitting around long tables. Q4141 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
Took a step forward
The A & M of Alabama, at Auburn, is one of the best educational institutions of this country.
Its faculty contains men of national reputation and its graduates take front rank in every profession.
The board of trustees of this great institution on Tuesday took a step forward which entitles them to to the commendation of all good people. It was decided by them to open the doors of the institution to all girls over 18 years of age prepared to enter the junior class.
Challenged the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa
Thus are the girls of Alabama given an opportunity to receive at home every advantage of high education enjoyed by their brothers.
Let the State University now follow, throwing aside the tradition that only men are to enter the classic halls of the noble institution at Tuscaloosa.
Such actions as that of the Auburn trustees on Tuesday means that we are moving forward.