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FAMU Law Pays Tribute to the 57 Original Grads

State Senator Arthenia Joyner is one of the honorees as the Florida A&M Law School as it celebrates its 20 year anniversary at the Law School Campus in Orlando, FL.

ORLANDO, Fla – On Wednesday, November 16, Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law unveiled special bollards with the engraved names of the 57 original law school graduates. 

This is a tribute to the brave pioneers who attended the College of Law in Tallahassee from 1951 to 1968. The bollards are located on the FAMU Law campus patio walkway. Arthenia Joyner, a member of the class of 1968, attended the event and posed for pictures beside her name on the bollard. Former State Senator Joyner has been a pioneer and political trailblazer throughout her impressive career. 


The College of Law’s rich tradition of excellence dates back to its original founding. On December 21, 1949, a division of law was established at the then Florida A&M College, and the first class was admitted in 1951. In 1966, the Florida Board of Control (later known as the Board of Regents) withdrew its permission for the institution to admit law students, and two years later, the law school graduated its last class and closed its doors. Between 1954 and 1968, the law school graduated 57 students — men and women who have gone on to make significant contributions to the legal profession both within the state and throughout the nation.  

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