Legacy: Then and Now
The Howard University Charter was the official act of the U.S. Congress incorporating Howard University as an institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. Signed March 2, 1867, by President Andrew Johnson, it established a University “ for the education of youth in the liberal arts and sciences.” The Charter established the first departments of the University, which were the Normal, Collegiate, Theological, Law, Medical, and Agriculture. It also outlined the policies and procedures of the early institution. The Charter identified 17 incorporators and was modeled after the University of Michigan Charter.