December 27: First U.S. Black Intercollegiate Football Game Was Played Today in 1892

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Title: Victor Trammell for BlackThen.com | Photo courtesy of ECSU Archives

On Dec. 27, 1892, Livingstone College and Biddle College (later, Johnson C. Smith University) played the first Black intercollegiate football game in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Biddle won the game 5-0 after the teams played two 45-minute halves on Livingstone’s front lawn.

Livingstone College is a private, historically Black, four-year college in Salisbury, North Carolina; affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Biddle College began in 1867 in Charlotte, North Carolina, when Mrs. Mary D. Biddle donated $1,400 to the school. It was later renamed Johnson C. Smith University and is now a private, co-ed, four-year research university (Aziz, 2012).

Reference: Aziz, N. (2012, December 27) This Day in Black History: Dec. 27, 1892. Retrieved from https://www.bet.com/news/sports/2012/12/27/this-day-in-black-history-dec-27-1892.html

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