Central Alabama Institute

Central Alabama Institute was a school for African Americans in Alabama. It was established as Rust Normal Institute, a school to train African American teachers in Alabama[1] in 1872.[2] It opened in Huntsville, Alabama in 1878.[3] It became Central Alabama Academy in 1890. In 1904 it moved to Mason City on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama.[3] In 1922 its main building and other structures were struck by fire. It was not rebuilt or reopened.[3] The school was affiliated with the Methodist Church.[4]

H.H. Sutton was one of its principals. Alexander P. Camphor was president from 1908 until 1916.[5] In 1916, J. B. F. Shaw was president.[6][7] R. N. Brooks also served as principal of the school.[8]

Jay Samuel Stowell wrote about the school.[9]

Margaret Walker née Alexander was born on the campus where her father Rev. Sigismund Walker taught.[10]



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  6. ^ "Clipped From The Montgomery Advertiser". The Montgomery Advertiser. August 18, 1916. p. 5 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Baker, Webster B. (June 25, 1924). "History of Rust College". The Author – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Stowell, Jay S. (June 25, 2010). Methodist Adventures in Negro Education. Lulu.com. ISBN 9781105140426 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Jay S. Stowell (Jay Samuel), 1883-1966. Methodist Adventures in Negro Education".
  10. ^ "Research Guides: Black Women Oral History Project Interviews, 1976–1981: Biographies".