The Kwesi Ronald Harris Division of Historical Records presents its 107 Days of HBCU History initiative that commemorates the founders and values of why historically black colleges and universities are relevant and very vital to the African-American community through its founding missions. The campaign will last for approximately 107 days until each HBCU history is exhibited. The campaign will also feature spotlight on notable alums and other historical facts that is found interesting and important to know and reflect on. The short history bio’s will be shared through the Div. of Historical Records social media handles and website at www.hbcucampaignfund.org/divisions/historicalrecords/107daysofhbcuhistory.
You can join in on the moment by submitting your favorite pictures or fact about your alma mater or favorite institution by using the official hashtag: #HCF107DaysofHBCUHistory
Day 1 – Lincoln University of Missouri
Founded and contributed by members of the 62nd and 65th Colored Infantry, on January 14, 1866, Lincoln Institute was formally established under an organization committee. By June of the same year, it incorporated and the committee became a Board of Trustees. Richard Baxter Foster, a former first lieutenant in the 62nd Infantry, was named first principal of Lincoln Institute. On September 17, 1866, the school opened its doors to the first class in an old frame building Jefferson City.
In 1870, the school began to receive aid from the state of Missouri for teacher training. In 1871, Lincoln Institute moved to the present campus. College-level work was added to the curriculum in 1877, and passage of the Normal School Law permitted Lincoln graduates to teach for life in Missouri without further examination. Lincoln Institute formally became a state institution in 1879 with the deeding of the property to the state under the Second Morrill Act of 1890, Lincoln became a land-grant institution, and the following year industrial and agricultural courses were added to the curriculum.
In 1921, the Missouri Legislature passed a bill introduced by Walthall M. Moore, the first black American to serve in that body, which changed the name from Lincoln Institute to Lincoln University and create a Board of Curators to govern the university. The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools accredited the high school division in 1925, the teacher-training program in 1926, and the four-year college of arts and sciences in 1934.
Graduate instruction was begun in the summer session of 1940, with majors in education, and history and minors in English, history, and sociology. A school of Journalism was established in February 1942.
Members of the 62nd Colored Infantry contributed $5,000; and the supplemented by approximately $1,400, given by the 65th Colored Infantry. Today, Lincoln University serves a diverse clientele, both residential and non-residential, engages in a variety of research projects, and offers numerous public service programs in addition to providing an array of academic programs.
For more information about Lincoln University of Missouri, visit www.lincolnu.edu.