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Boozman Seeks to Commemorate 125th Anniversary of Second Morrill Act

Recognizes Land-Grant Universities like UAPB

Jul 28 2015

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) introduced a resolution marking the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act, legislation that established educational opportunities for African-Americans with the creation of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and 18 other historically black colleges and universities.
“The 1890 Land-Grant Universities provided access to education for students who had been previously denied opportunities at land grant universities because of race. These schools are thriving, world-class institutions that continue to offer students a great education and help them realize their dreams of earning a college degree. The research, innovation and development accomplished at these schools is making a difference in Arkansas and throughout the world,” Boozman said.
Agriculture is the state’s largest industry and UAPB continues to fulfill its mission to promote education in agriculture that it was given 125 years ago.
“The contributions made to the agriculture industry thanks to the research conducted at UAPB are invaluable. As a nationwide leader in aquaculture, the school’s Aquaculture/Fisheries (AQFI) Center is recognized as a trailblazer in research, education and extension programs, and is routinely sought to help provide diagnostic services in order to keep fish healthy,” Boozman said.
Arkansas is one of 18 states with an 1890 Land-Grant University.
August 30, 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the enactment of the Second Morrill Act.