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Howard University is a federally funded university in Washington, D.C. founded in 1867 for African Americans. The school was named for General Oliver O. Howard, a Civil War hero who was both a founder of the University and commissioner of the Freedman's Bureau. Howard was established as an education facility for African Americans, and, for the most part, is still that today, with 85% of its class being African American.
At first, the Freedman's Bureau provided financial support to the university, but in 1879, Congress approved a special appropriation for the university. The charter was amended to authorize an federal support for construction, development, improvement and maintenance of the university.
Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, who in 1926 became the school's first black president, changed the school from having eight unaccredited schools and colleges to having 10 schools and colleges - all accredited.