Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jan 22 2008

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing

CU to Celebrate Charter Day at State Capitol on Thursday, February 28

Athens, W.Va. – Concord University will be celebrating its “Charter Day” on Thursday, February 28, 9 a.m. to noon at the West Virginia State Capitol, and the public is invited!

In the 1840s, to attract settlers, Colonel Henderson French established a land company in Mercer County. The early settlers felt the need for a church, and, in 1858, Colonel French gave land for this purpose. Captain William Holroyd, a licensed Methodist preacher, helped build the church, and French asked Holroyd's wife, Sarah, to name it. On the day of dedication, she said: “This church is where all denominations shall worship together in harmony, sweet fellowship and concord, and it shall be named ‘Concord Church.’” The settlement also was called “Concord Church.”

A post office was established after the Civil War, and the University got its name when, on February 28, 1872, the West Virginia Legislature passed “an Act to locate a Branch State Normal School, in Concord Church, in the County of Mercer.”

Since 1872, Concord University has established a distinguished legacy of a quality education for many generations of families.

“Cake will be served, and we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate and thank the Legislature for their support!” stated SGA President, Jessica Cook, from Cyclone, W.Va.

Concord will be celebrating Charter Day at the Legislature’s “Higher Education Day,” an annual event at the State Capitol.


PHOTO: SGA President, Jessica Cook, from Cyclone, W.Va.