Minnie Howell, K-State's First Black Female Graduate

Minnie M. Howell (1878–1948), the first black woman to graduate from Kansas State Agricultural College (KSAC), received her Bachelor of Science degree in Domestic Science in 1901. With diploma in hand, she began an extensive teaching career first holding positions in secondary education within the state. Howell married John Champe in 1912. In the following years, Howell-Champe held teaching positions at Virginia State College and Southern University, Negro A & M College in Louisiana.

Later in life, Howell-Champe returned to Manhattan.  She served as director of the Douglass Community Center in 1946. Her life is chronicled in this historic documentation that includes detailed information about KSAC during the years she attended, as well as accounts of her life in Manhattan, Kansas.

To learn more about this collection please visit the Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections

Last updated: 04/05/2014