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This article looks at the establishment of the first state normal school for African American teachers founded in Fayetteville using two thousand dollars authorized by the North Carolina legislature. The legislature chose Fayetteville after a strong lobbying effort by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion bishop and other community leaders as well as recognition of great educational activity by black Fayetteville citizens between 1865 and 1877 and the strong educational tradition that stretched to the clandestine schooling of slaves in Fayetteville's urban areas in the 1820s. This background supported the establishment of primary and secondary schools, as well as the normal school, which became Fayetteville State University in 1969.