CHEYNEY TIMELINE

  • 1750-Richard Humphreys is born on the British Virgin Island of Tortola.
  • 1805-Melrose Cottage built on Cheyney family farm.
  • 1818-Charles Lewis Reason is born.
  • 1829-Richard Humphreys dictates his will.
  • 1832-Richard Humphreys dies.
  • 1837-FOUNDING OF THE AFRICAN INSTITUTE. Name changed to the Institute for Colored Youth (ICY).
  • 1839-A 136 acre farm on Old York Road was purchased.
  • 1840-Octavius V. Catto born in Charleston, S.C. Early civil rights leader. The "farm school" opened with five male pupils.
  • 1846-Farm school closed for re-evaluation. Farm sold.
  • 1849 to 52-Evening school started at Barclay St., Philadelphia.
  • 1852-56-Charles L. Reason, 1st Principal.
  • 1852 to 53-School moved to Seventh and Lombard St. Day time, Coed education initiated.
  • 1852-Grace A. Mapps hired. 1st professional female teacher at Cheyney.
  • 1853-Library and Reading Room opened. Sarah Mapps Douglass merges her girls only school with ICY.
  • 1855-1st Annual Commencment.
  • 1856-69-Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett, 2nd Principal and 1st African American diplomat.
  • 1857-Evening school closes.
  • 1858-Octavius V. Catto graduates (Valedictorian) from ICY, becomes assistant to Ebenezer D. Bassett.
  • 1859-(?)Martha A. Fairbeau (Minton), 1st female graduate.
  • 1863-Ninth and Bainbridge St. (then Shippen St.) site purchased.
  • 1866-ICY moved to Bainbridge St. building.
  • 1869-1902-Fanny M. Jackson-Coppin, 3rd Principal.
  • 1869-Octavius V. Catto becomes Principal Teacher for boys department.
  • 1870-Richard T. Greener hired. 1st African American Harvard University graduate.
  • 1871-Octavius V. Catto assassinated after attending voting rights rally.
  • 1875-William Adger graduates from ICY.
  • 1876-Edward A. Bouchet hired. 1st African American Yale University Doctoral graduate.
  • 1880- Leslie Pinckney Hill born in Lynchburg, Va.
  • 1883-William Adger, 1st African American University of Pennsylvania Baccalaureate Degree graduate.
  • 1887-Laura Wheeler (Waring) born in Hartford, Connecticut. World renowned artist.
  • 1893-Charles L. Reason dies.
  • 1898-James Henry Duckery, Jr. born in Cambridge, MA
  • 1902-George Cheyney's farm purchased (Cheyney University's current location). 47th Annual Commencement. Last commencement held in Philadelphia.
  • 1903-13-Hugh Mason Browne, 4th Principal. Friend of Booker T. Washington.
  • 1903-4-ICY moved to Cheyney Station, PA. Richard Humphreys Hall built. 1st school building.
  • 1904-Emlen Hall built. 1st female dormitory.
  • 1905-Evangeline Rachel Hall hired. Teacher and unofficial vice-president. Formal Opening at the new location. Booker T. Washington, Address Speaker.
  • 1907-Reinstatement of Annual Commencements. Should have been the 48th.
  • 1908-Laura Wheeler Waring hired. Artist and art/music teacher. Ebenezer D. Bassett dies.
  • 1909-Andrew Carnegie Hall, 1st library building, built.
  • 1913-1st Alumni Association formed. Fanny M. Jackson-Coppin dies.
  • 1913-51-Leslie P. Hill, 5th and final Principal, 1st President of Cheyney.
  • 1914-ICY becomes the Cheyney Training School for Teachers. Wade Wilson born in Birmingham, Ala. 1st independent catalog. The Cheyney Record (student newspaper) debuts.
  • 1920-1st Cheyney Day. Pennsylvania gives approval for Cheyney graduates to receive state teaching certificates.
  • 1921-The Wings of Oppression, by Leslie P. Hill, published. Cheyney graduates its 1st class of state certified teachers.
  • 1922-Cheyney becomes a state funded normal school.
  • 1923-W.E.B. DuBois gives lecture. Mary Church Terrell, Commencement Speaker. Hugh M. Browne dies.
  • 1924-Henry Ossawa Tanner, renowned artist, commissioned by the Richard Humphreys Foundation to paint Christ and Nicodemas.
  • 1925-Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot visits.
  • 1926-W.E.B. DuBois lectures.
  • 1926-Carter G. Woodson spoke at a NAACP meeting.
  • 1927-W.E.B. DuBois, Scholars Night Speaker. Langston Hughes speaks at a NAACP meeting.
  • 1928-Toussaint L'Ouverture, by Leslie P. Hill, published. Laura Wheeler Waring wins the Harmon Award.
  • 1932-Cheyney becomes a state teachers college. W.E.B. Dubois, Commencement Speaker.
  • 1933-1st African Americans appointed to Council of Trustees.
  • 1936-1st African American woman appointed to Council of Trustees. Mary McLeod Bethune, Cheyney Day Speaker.
  • 1947-Evangeline Rachel Hall dies.
  • 1948-Laura Wheeler Waring dies.
  • 1949-W.E.B. DuBois, Scholar's Night speaker.
  • 1951-65-James H. Duckrey, 2nd President.
  • 1951-60-All eight African American fraternities and Sororities represented on campus.
  • 1951-Cheyney Training School for Teachers becomes Cheyney State Teachers College.
  • 1956-John Hope Franklin, Commencement Speaker.
  • 1959-Cheyney State Teachers College becomes Cheyney State College.
  • 1960-Leslie P. Hill dies.
  • 1965-68-Leroy Banks Allen, 3rd President.
  • 1968-81-Wade Wilson, 4th President.
  • 1971-Bayard Rustin, Commencement Speaker.
  • 1973-C. Sumner (Chuck) Stone, Commencement Speaker.
  • 1977-Leon Sullivan, International Student Week speaker. Ed Bradley, Founder's Day Convocation speaker. Alex Haley, Commencement Speaker.
  • 1978-Benjamin J. Hooks, Commencement Speaker; Men's Basketball wins the NCAA Division II National Championship.
  • 1979-President Jimmy Carter, Commencement Speaker. Arthur Ashe visits.
  • 1982-85-C.T. Enus Wright, 5th President.
  • 1982-Minister Louis Farrakhan, Commencement Speaker. "Lady Wolves" achieved 2nd place in NCAA Division II Womens Basketball Tournament. Dick Gregory visits.
  • 1983-Cheyney State College becomes Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
  • 1985-92-LeVerne McCummings, 6th Cheyney University President.
  • 1988-Wade Wilson dies.
  • 1991-Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum becomes the (interim) 7th President
  • 1992-95-H. Douglas Covington, 8th Cheyney University President.
  • 1996-W. Clinton Pettus, 9th Cheyney University President.
  • 1996-University Archives established.
  • 2004-Wallace C. Arnold becomes the (interim) 10th Cheyney University President
  • 2006-Cheyney earns re-accreditation from Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • 2006-Bill Cosby, Commencement Speaker.
  • 2007-14-Michelle Howard-Vital, 11th Cheyney University President
  • 2014-Frank G. Pogue becomes the (interim) 12th Cheyney University President