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Howard University (U.S.)

District of Columbia

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[Howard University flag] image by Joe McMillan

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Organized in 1866 and opened in 1868 at the initiative of a Congregationalist church in Washington with support from the Freedmen's Bureau, the federal agency in charge of supporting ex-slaves transition to freedom after the Civil War. It is still one of the few institutions of higher education that receives direct federal budgetary support. With an enrolment of about 9,000, Howard remains almost entirely African-American; it is traditionally one of the leading "historically black colleges and universities" and has produced a number of prominent leaders in the African-American community. The flag as shown at is divided quarterly, white and bright blue, with the university seal overall, the surrounding lettering counterchanged. Based on another photograph of the campus, the American shield on the center of the seal, upon which an open book is superimposed) appears to be shown in full color. The motto surrounding the shield is "Veritas et utilitas," translating as "Truth and usefulness."

Joe McMillan, 9 January 2004


[Seal of Graduate School USA] image located by Paul Bassinson, 26 February 2017


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[Supporters flag] image located by Paul Bassinson, 22 February 2020