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Barber-Scotia College

Scotia Seminary in Concord, ca. 1891. Image courtesy of the Historic Cabarrus Association. Barber-Scotia College was founded in Concord in 1867 as Scotia Seminary, a Presbyterian preparatory school for young, newly freed African American women. For more than a generation the institute prepared these women to become teachers, social workers, and members of other professions. Over time the school grew, and significant changes in programs and policy were initiated. In 1916 the curriculum was expanded and the school's name changed to Scotia's Women's College. In 1930 the college merged with Barber Memorial College of Anniston, Ala., and the name Barber-Scotia College was adopted two years later. The first bachelor's degrees were awarded by Barber-Scotia in 1945.

Barber-Scotia College became coeducational in 1954. By the early 2000s the college was an accredited four-year liberal arts institution, continuing its historical relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The student population continues to be primarily from North Carolina and South Carolina, although students have come from many states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several foreign countries.

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"Barber-Scotia College," in W. Augustus Low and Virgil A. Clift, eds., Encyclopedia of Black America (1981).

"Barber-Scotia Junior College," Crisis 49 (August 1942).

Charles I. Brown, "The Male Student at Barber-Scotia College," Quarterly Review of Higher Education among Negroes 25 (July 1957).

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Barber-Scotia College:

Barber-Scotia College, NC Highway Historical Marker L-102:

Session laws and resolutions passed by the General Assembly [1975], North Carolina Digital Collections:,371145

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Scotia Seminary in Concord, ca. 1891. Image courtesy of the Historic Cabarrus Association. Available from (accessed November 15, 2012).

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I am trying to contact Charie webb. We attended a graduate level program i 1968-69. I believe he and Mosses Ben Watson may have been graduates. CHARLIE and I were close friends but lost contact as life intervened. I am not a bill collector but a lost friend who early wants catch up while I can


My great aunt Amanda F Burghed attended Scotia documents indicate Second Year A in Annual Catalogue of Scotia Srminary 1872-1873 Would you have any pictures or more info thanks in advance. Arlene


My great-grandmother, Mary Lytle graduated from Barbe-Scotia. She married Frederick H. Watkins, MD (Cabarrus,NC) and taught at Logan High School. Would you be able to tell me the year she graduated or have photos of her?
Thank you,
Tracy Watkins Tartt


Tracy: I'm not sure if you will ever see this, but we are cousins. My ancestor was Margaret Lytle, Mary's sister. -- Michele


Dear Tracy,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and for sharing your family history and question with the article on Barber-Scotia College.

I am connecting you by email with Reference Services at the Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina. A reference librarian will contact you shortly to try to help with your question.

Best wishes,

Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library



I am also the descendant of the Lytle family. My great-grandmother was Margaret Lytle (sister of Mary Lytle mentioned in the question above). My ancestor also attended the school, and I'm looking for information. Thank you so much.



Dear Sir/Madam:
I want to apply for a teaching position in your school. I have lot of teaching experience at college/university level; mostly chemistry courses. I can teach Physics also. I have 3 Masters in different chemical fields.
I look forward to hearing from you.
P B Gupte


Dear Mr. Gupte,

We are not affiliated with Barber-Scotia. You can find information about open open positions at 

Thank you.

Mike Millner, NC Government & Heritage Library


Praying for this schools success. Competed there many years ago.


It is sad to say but the administration of Barber-Scotia College clinging to the antiquated remnants its seminary years killed this beautiful HBC. They kicked out talented young students in the 70's, 80's and 90's for small infractions that on another campus these actions would not have been given a second thought. Rather than mentoring and guiding the dysfunction that has been a legacy of our history. Here, Scotia students were met with harsh treatments and judgments. Other HBCU would welcome Scotia's discarded students and continue to educating young minds while Scotia due to the narrow-mindedness of its employees has sadly disappeared into the memories of those who have attended it and those with a desire to keep alive the history of the institutions that kept our community competitive in this world. Unfortunately, BSC is no longer a part of it.

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