Crozer Theological Seminary
Old Main Building of Crozer Theological Seminary, November 2009
|Location||21st St. and Upland Ave., Upland, Pennsylvania|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|NRHP reference #||73001626|
|Added to NRHP||June 18, 1973|
The Crozer Theological Seminary was a multi-denominational religious institution located in Upland, Pennsylvania. The school succeeded a Normal School established at the site in 1858 by the wealthy textile manufacturer John Price Crozer. The Old Main building was used as a hospital during the American Civil War. The seminary served as an American Baptist Church school, training seminarians for the entry into the Baptist ministry from 1869 to 1970.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a student at Crozer Theological Seminary from 1948 to 1951 and graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.
In 1970, the seminary merged with the Rochester Theological Seminary in Rochester, New York and the Old Main building was used as office space by Crozer Hospital (now part of the Crozer-Chester Medical Center.) It is a three-story, "F"-shaped, stucco coated stone building. It has three pavilions connected by a corridor with flanking rooms. Each of the pavilions is topped by a gable roof and cupola, the largest cupola being on the central pavilion. The seminary's grounds are now the Crozer Arboretum.
Crozer allowed the Union army to use the building as a hospital during the Civil War. The hospital contained a thousand beds and accommodated 300 nurses, attendants and guards. The patients were almost exclusively Union soldiers except for after the battle of Gettysburg, in July 1863, when the number of wounded and sick Confederate army soldiers left on the battlefield required their acceptance at the hospital. During the war, more than 6,000 patients were treated. Many of the dead from the hospital were some of the first burials at nearby Chester Rural Cemetery.
After Crozer's death in 1866, his family converted the school to the Crozer Theological Seminary in his honor. His son recruited faculty for the new mission.
In 1970 the school moved to Rochester, New York, in a merger that formed the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The old seminary building was used as the former Crozer Hospital (now the Crozer-Chester Medical Center). The building is currently used as administrative offices for the Crozer-Chester Medical Center.
|Harry G. Weston||1869–1909|
|Milton G. Evans||1909–1934|
|James H. Franklin||1934–1944|
|Edwin E. Aubrey||1944–1949|
|Sankey Lee Blanton||1950–1962|
|Ronald V. Wells||1962–1970|
The multi-acre campus contains the Crozer Arboretum and the following buildings:
- President's House
- Pollard House
- Evans House
- Crozer Hall
- Neisser House
- Lewis House
- Vedder House
- Davis House
- Sunnyside House
- Westin House
- Franklin House
Pearl Hall is a serpentine stone library on the campus which opened on June 4, 1871. The building was sponsored by William Bucknell, the benefactor of Bucknell University, in memory of his late wife Margaret Crozer, the daughter of John Price Crozer. In addition to the $30,000 cost of the building, Bucknell also gave $25,000 for the cost of books and $10,000 for an endowment fund.
- George Barbier, actor
- J. Pius Barbour, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania, executive director of the National Baptist Association, editor of the National Baptist Voice, mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., first African-American graduate of Crozer Theological Seminary
- John Warren Davis, New Jersey politician and federal judge, taught Greek and Hebrew at Crozer Theological Seminary for three years
- Dr. Monroe E. Dodd, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana from 1912–1950, founder of Dodd College, and a pioneer radio minister
- William Augustus Jones Jr., minister and civil rights leader
- Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister and civil rights leader
- Samuel D. Proctor, minister, educator and humanitarian
- John Warren Davis, taught Hebrew and Greek for three years
- Lemuel Moss, professor of New Testament
- James B. Pritchard, taught in the chair of Old Testament History and Exegesis
- Henry Clay Vedder, professor of Church history
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