125th Anniversary Museum Exhibit

ECSU 125th Anniversary Exhibit


 “Elizabeth City State University: A legacy of Excellence and Resilience.”


  • Dr. Glen Bowen
  • Chancellor and Mrs. Conway



May 2016-September 2017 (10 AM - 2 PM)
Museum of the Albemarle
501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC  27909
(252) 335-1453

On January 26, 1891 legislation was introduced by Hugh Cale, a black Pasquotank County State Representative. The legislation established the Elizabeth City State Colored Normal School for the purpose of educating future black teachers.     

On March 3, 1891 Cale’s bill was enacted into law and the North Carolina State Board of Education was directed to establish the State Normal School in Elizabeth City. Board of Local Managers, later to become the Board of Trustees, hired the school’s first principal, Peter W. Moore. It was the beginning of 125 years of higher education that was being celebrated with the museum exhibit, “Elizabeth City State University: A legacy of Excellence and Resilience.”

The exhibit honors and highlights the life and legacy of ECSU, from its origins as a State Normal School to a pillar of the UNC System and one of the top ranked HBCU’s Colleges.  Learn about Hugh Cale and his groundbreaking story of struggle and triumph while changing the course of history. See the famous Peter W. Moore, the first principal of the school. Travel both the high roads and the low roads as the University and its students endured, embraced and made history through the years. Honor the marches for freedom and equal rights through the decades of segregation. See the paths Alumni walked to pave the route for future generations. The exhibit pays homage to the roots and fruition of over a century of history.

The exhibit will remain open through February 2017.