Founded in Austin in 1872 as Connecticut College and later moved to Waco, Texas's oldest liberal arts college for African Americans was named for African Methodist Episcopal (AME) bishop William Paul Quinn. The trade school at the first Waco campus at 8th Street and Mary Avenue taught blacksmithing, carpentry, tanning, and similar skills to newly freed slaves. Buildings at this site, begun in 1881, supported the curriculum of mathematics, music, Latin, theology, English, printing, carpentry, and household skills. The college relocated to Dallas in 1990. Several of the remaining college buildings are being redeveloped and include a brick-veneered frame dormitory (c. 1915); William Decker Johnson Hall (1922), a three-story brick building with raised basement, a corbeled cornice, and a partially enclosed double gallery; and, one of the earliest buildings on campus, Kealing Hall (c. 1885), a one-story stuccoed masonry building with segmental-arched hoods and two prominent chimneys.
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