Clark College

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With assistance from the U.S. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, popularly known as the Freedmen's Bureau, the American Missionary Association founded Clark University in 1869. It was named after Bishop David W. Clark, the first president of the Bureau, which was created by Congress in 1865 to provide aid to the four million newly freed Black people and was the first federal welfare agency. During the 1930s the university changed its name to Clark College and in 1988 joined with Atlanta University, once the academic home of W. E. B. Du Bois. Since then it has been known as Clark Atlanta University.