State-supported higher education among Negroes in Florida had its beginning during the decade of the 1880’s. The initial step in this new educational venture was taken by Governor William D. Bloxham who, during his first administration, vigorously set forth a threefold economic and social program. In his inaugural address he declared that in order to promote the interest, welfare, and prosperity of the state, "we must invite a healthy immigration; develop our natural resources by securing proper transportation; and educate the rising generation." He promulgated this combination as "the three links in a grand chain of progress upon which we can confidently rely for our future growth and prosperity."
Neyland, Leedell W.
"State-Supported Higher Education Among Negroes in the State of Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 43
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol43/iss2/3