Florida Memorial University Lou Rawls Performing Arts Center
Florida Memorial University, a historically Black College related to Baptist Churches and traditions, is one of the oldest academic centers in Florida. The private, coeducational, baccalaureate and graduate degrees granting university has its origins in the Florida Baptist Institute, founded in 1879 in Live Oak (Florida), and in the Florida Baptist Academy, founded in 1892 in Jacksonville (Florida). These two institutions merged in 1941 to form the Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial Institute in St. Augustine, Florida. The institution became a four-year college in 1945. Following several name changes, the present name Florida Memorial College was adopted in 1963. The institution moved to its present South Florida location in Miami, Florida in 1968.