Edward Waters College (EWC) and the EWC Alumni Association will unveil a historical marker in front of the Centennial Building, the campus’ oldest facility. The dedication ceremony will be held on the Centennial Lawn on campus Wednesday, April 23rd at 3:00 p.m. Founded in 1866, Edward Waters College is the oldest historically black college and private institution in Florida. The College was established by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church to help educate newly freed slaves.
The Centennial Hall was built in 1916 and named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the AME Church. The Classical Revival style building was designed by the firm of Howells and Stokes of Seattle, Washington. The building was renovated in 1979 and serves as the college’s main library. Centennial Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.