Charles P. Adams was an African American educator
and administrator. In 1901, the North Louisiana
Farmer’s Relief Association asked him to
return to Louisiana.
Adams was the man who was to set up
agricultural and industrial school in North Louisiana.
This particular school he set up was Grambling
He founded the school “Colored Industrial and
Agricultural School. There were 105 students. Room
and board was simply $5.00 a month. It was paid by
home cured meat, chickens, syrup, meal, flour,
He lectured in communities close by,
and secured financial assistance from the north
states and from Canada to keep the institution
alive. The school’s first faculty involved 3 people:
Adams, Martha, and A.C. Welcher.
By 1905, Adams left Grambling because its
NLFRA Baptist membership desired
a church centered school. The Tuskegee Trained
Adams really desired a school that was
devoted to training people to make a good living
on farms, improve health conditions, and live
efficiently in their groups.
7 Black men in the Grambling community with
Adams in that group, pledged $25 dollars
for a new school site and a 200
acre plot five miles west of Ruston La. was
bought for $800.