Troy University Traditions and History

This week’s blog post is about something closer to home…well, my home.

I am attending Troy University and I found out that Troy has some history and traditions.  Troy University was founded on February 26, 1887 and was called Troy State Normal School, where it was a place where students were being trained to be teachers for Alabama schools.

Troy is naturally an older school with a lot of traditions that have been built over the years and even some “haunted” places.

The Kissing Rock

On the main quad, there is a big, yellow rock between the McCartha and Bibb Graves buildings that is called The Kissing Rock. The tradition is that if a couple stands over the rock and shares a kiss, than they will have a long relationship.

In 1987, The Palladium, Troy University’s yearbook, even took a picture of one couple making a kiss agreement and sharing a short story about their love.

I just hope the rock actually works!

Sailing Course

On the north side of the campus, there is a large lagoon that once held a sailing class. Yes, in the summer of 1938, Lake Lagoona was where students could learn to sail for a grade.

I’m not sure how long that class lasted, but I’m sure that would be popular today.

Rosa Parks Library and Museum

Troy University has campus all over the world and there are actually three of those campuses in Alabama. There is a campus in Phenix City, Montgomery and Dothan.

Near the Montgomery campus, there is a Library and Museum dedicated to Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks Library and Museum actually got constructed where the December 1, 1955 incident happened, when Rosa Parks didn’t give up her seat to a white man and was arrested for it.

Sorority Hill

I’m going to talk about a place that even kind of chills me.

It is not on the main campus, but is located at Sorority Hill on Elm Street. According to an article from the Tropolitan, the school’s newspaper, The Alabama Baptist Children’s Home sheltered orphans on Elm Street for decades.

There are rumors that some of the children died while staying at the orphanage. One of the rumors says that a child was killed in a bathroom at the building that known as Phi Mu house.

 Good Luck Memorial Plaque

This one took me forever to try and find.

At the newly built campus dining hall, there is a plaque dedicated to Foy Ingram Cummings. According to the Tropolitan, Cummings was a former professor for the department of education and psychology and was loved by the staff and the students she taught.

On the plaque is the face of her four grandchildren with a description that says, “Her love was her children.”

The faces have become a luck charm because students would rub their nose on the one of the children’s nose for good luck.

The plague was originally at the Trojans Center, but was moved to Foy Fountain on October 3, 2015 and the wish for good luck lives on.

If you would like to see what these places look like now, check out my slideshow video:




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