Morrill Act News

UT Celebrates Morrill Act, 150 Years of Land-Grant Universities

Left to right, UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, UT Agriculture Chancellor Larry Arrington, and UT System President Joe DiPietro dedicated a plaque commemorating the passing of the Morrill Act at the university's annual Ag Day celebration.

The university commemorated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of public land-grant universities on Saturday, November 3, during the annual Ag Day celebration. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862, providing federal funds to establish many of America’s public colleges and universities to teach agriculture and the mechanical arts to all.

Plaque Commemorating Morrill Act to be Dedicated on Ag Campus

One hundred fifty years ago, Vermont Representative Justin Morrill had a big idea that helped shape the future of Tennessee and the rest of the nation: He believed higher education should be available to everyone. A plaque commemorating the signing of the Morrill Act will be dedicated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, outside the Ellington Plant Sciences building, as part of the Ag Day street fair.