George R. Smith College
George R. Smith College was a Historically Black College located in Sedalia, Missouri, it was attended by the famed and prolific American ragtime-music piano composer Scott Joplin famous for the piano music piece "Maple Leaf Rag." The institution was associated with the Freedmen's Aid and Southern Education Society of the Methodist Church and played an important role in the lives of young people for several decades.
According to the Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri by Howard Conrad, the building was completed in 1882. The college operated from 1894 until it burned down April 26, 1925, after which its assets were merged (in 1933) with the Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. A photograph of George R Smith College, with students, can be found among the references listed here.
- Myrtle Craig Mowbray, first African American woman to graduate from Michigan State University, in 1907
- John Wesley Donaldson, baseball player
- Scott Joplin, ragtime music piano composer
- T. Manuel Smith, MD, president of the National Medical Association (1942-1943)
- P.A. Cool, 1894-1897
- E.A. Robertson, 1897-1902
- I.L. Lowe, 1902-1907
- A.C. Maclin, 1907-1910
- J.C. Sherrill, 1910-1912
- George Evans, 1912-1914
- Matthew Simpson Davage, 1914-1916, later served as president of Haven Institute, Samuel Huston College, Rust College, and Clark University
- Robert B. Hayes, 1916-1925
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-04-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Link to the Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri (1901)
- Nolen, Rose M. (2010-02-04). "Nolen: Black residents were key in city's growth". Sedalia Democrat. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16.
- Soul of America article on Philander Smith College
- Photograph of George R Smith College and students (c. 1900)
- Widder, Keith R. (2005). Michigan Agricultural College: The Evolution of a Land-Grant Philosophy, 1855-1925. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. pp. 94, 346–348. ISBN 0870137344.
- "Scott Joplin (c. 1868 – 1917)". State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- "The Incoming President". Journal of the National Medical Association. 34 (5): 177. 1942. PMC 2625055. PMID 20893114.
- African American Methodism and Higher Education in Missouri
- The Biggest Little Black College on the Prairie