Located in Kentucky’s historic capital city of Frankfort, Kentucky State University is a public, four-year institution of higher learning. Kentucky State University began as a small school, with the singular function of training exclusively African American teachers. In 1886 the State Normal School for Colored Persons was chartered, and built thanks to a land and monetary donation by the City of Frankfort. The liberal studies institution that exists today of nearly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students opened in 1887 with just 55 students, 3 teachers, and a single building, Recitation Hall (which still stands as “Jackson Hall”). After becoming an 1890 Land Grant college, Kentucky State University, or KSU, experienced continued expansion, becoming a University in 1972. Although the school was officially named the “Kentucky State College for Negroes” until a name changed in 1952, today the school welcomes students from all backgrounds, regardless of race, age, sex, ethnicity, economic status or national origin. While Kentucky State University accepts students from all walks of life, it still maintains pride in its heritage as an African American institution with the Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans.