Leland College

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Leland College
Leland College is located in Louisiana
Leland College
Leland College is located in the US
Leland College
Location Off Groom Road, about 0.83 miles (1.34 km) west of Baker
Nearest city Baker, Louisiana
Coordinates 30°35′34″N 91°10′53″W / 30.59269°N 91.18136°W / 30.59269; -91.18136Coordinates: 30°35′34″N 91°10′53″W / 30.59269°N 91.18136°W / 30.59269; -91.18136
Area 20.9 acres (8.5 ha)
Built 1923
NRHP reference # 82000433[1]
Added to NRHP November 10, 1982

Leland College was founded in 1870 as a college for blacks in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was open to all races.[2] After its original buildings burned in 1923, it was relocated near Baker, Louisiana. The school closed in 1960 because of financial difficulties.[3]

The 20.9 acres (8.5 ha) area of the Baker campus, comprising four contributing properties and one non-contributing building, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 10, 1982.[1][4][5]

The college facilities were already derelict at the time of listing. In the early 21st century, only the ruins of the two dormitories can be seen faintly through trees. Frame classroom, the President's House, and the Concrete Classrom all disappeared at some time.

Notable alumnus[edit]

  • Eddie Robinson - former Grambling State University head football coach - Class Year 1941

Christina Jenkins (inventor of hair weave)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Leland College Archived 2009-03-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ History of Leland College
  4. ^ "Leland College" (PDF). State of Louisiana's Division of Historic Preservation. Retrieved May 9, 2018. with three photos and two maps
  5. ^ National Register Staff (October 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination Form: Leland College". National Park Service. Retrieved May 9, 2018. With nine photos from 1981.