Tornado Strikes Shaw University

Shaw University, an ABC-related school founded in 1865 and the oldest historically black university in the south, was severely damaged by a tornado that caused severe damage to the school.

Below is a news report about the storm damage and the aftermath:

Shaw University, the oldest historically black college / university in the south, suffered major damages as a result of the tornados that swept through Wake County, NC on Saturday April 16, 2011. Shaw University has immediately closed for the semester due to structural damages.

One day after being hammered by a tornado, clear skies and a radiant sun beamed down on scattered debris, uprooted / toppled trees, broken glass, and down power lines. Parking lots and student dormitories were overrun with concerned parents who swarmed the campus to take their children back home. Though flabbergasted by what they had just experienced the day prior, students were in cheerful and humble spirits just in the fact that no one was seriously injured.

Currently, there are a plethora of out-of-state students who lack funding to get home being that the school is now closing for the semester.

The president of the university has prepared a message to the community asking for prayer and expressing the confidence of the faculty, staff, and students in the face of such a disaster.  Read the message here.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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