Walden University (Tennessee)

Walden University (Tennessee)

Walden University was a school in Nashville, Tennessee created in 1865 as a small school for freedmen. It closed in 1925 due to financial difficulties.


Walden University opened as school for freedmen in 1865. It was chartered as Central Tennessee College in 1867. Courses included teacher education, agriculture, science, and theology.

In 1876, the college opened the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College. The medical department would received a separate charter and become Meharry Medical College in 1915.

In 1900, Central Tennessee College was renamed to Walden University in honor of Bishop John Morgan Walden.

In 1922, Walden University was renamed to Walden College, serving as a junior college.

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