Commemorative Classic - September 7, 2013 Livingstone College vs JCSU
In December of 1892, Livingstone College and Biddle College, which eventually changed its name to Johnson C. Smith University, played in the snows of Salisbury, North Carolina, just two days after Christmas.

According to historian T.M. Martin, the men of Biddle spent two years studying and practicing the sport of football. In 1892, they challenged the men of Livingstone, whose team was formally organized in the fall of that year.

As documented in both school’s newspapers, team members purchased a regulation football and uniforms. The players also equipped their street shoes with cleats, taking them off after practice. The young women of the schools industrial department made their uniforms for the first game. The teams played two 45-minute halves played on Livingstone’s front lawn. W.J. Trent scored Livingstone’s only touchdown on a fumble recovery. By then the snow had covered the field’s markings and Biddle argued that the fumble was recovered out of bounds. The official ruled in Biddle’s favor, allowing them to keep the 5-0 lead that they had established early on and giving the visitors the victory.

Johnson C. Smith was founded and chartered as Biddle Memorial Institute in 1867, renamed Johnson C. Smith University in 1923; JCSU is a private, four-year, co-educational, liberal arts institution of higher learning with an enrollment of approximately 1,563 students located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. JCSU offers active learning opportunities through personalized instruction, international study, faith development, career discovery and community service.

Today, Johnson C. Smith University prides itself as Charlotte’s premier independent urban university. The mission of Johnson C. Smith University is to provide an outgoing education for a diverse group of talented and highly motivated students from various ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographical backgrounds. JCSU is dedicated to educating individuals, whose accomplishments demonstrate a higher level of initiative, exhibit principled moral and ethical values, and possess the emotional and social maturity needed to thrive in a scholarly environment. The student who flourishes at Johnson C. Smith University has a history of academic success, is self-motivated, and is committed to lifelong service to his/her community.

Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary were originally founded as Zion Wesley Institute by a group of A.M.E. Zion ministers for the purpose of training ministers in the Cabarrus County town of Concord, North Carolina in 1879. The Rowan County town of Salisbury, just 20 miles northeast of Concord, gave the Trustees a generous donation of $1,000 and an invitation to relocate the school in Salisbury. They accepted both gifts, and the College re-opened in Salisbury in 1882 with Dr. Price as President. The new site was J. M. Gray’s farm called Delta Grove, which consisted of one building and 40 acres of land.

Today, Livingstone College’s new holistic learning approach is designed to prepare students to gain maturity and intellectual awareness, and motivation toward learning. The setting for this initiative “the Total Learning Environment” includes Technology, Spanish, Personal and Business Financial Literacy, Emergency Response and First Aid, Volunteerism and Public Service. September 7, 2013, The Commemorative Classic Trophy Parade & Pre Game Battle of the Bands begins at 3pm. Game Kickoff at 4pm.

 

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