History of Lemoyne - Owen College

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Ky’Land Staten
Mr. Monroe
Academic Seminar
October 16, 2010

Have you ever researched any information about LeMoyne-Owen College? Well if you haven’t then that’s my job for today. I attend the high that is held there Hollis F. Price Middle College. My task is to give the information about LOC History, Mission Statement, goals, friends, and what the Mission Statement means to me. So here, I start.

LeMoyne-Owen College was one of the early attemps to teach Africans in the U.S. who had been freed from slavery. Next to the President Abraham Lincoln signing the Emincipation Proclamation on January 1,1863, Lucinda Humphrey, a hospital nurse at Camp Shilon, decided to teach the alphabet to those slaves who had escaped to the Union Camps, camps that were established by the Federal Troops. She taught them by the candlelight in small group settings. The school was able to relocate to Memphis and was named Lincoln School. It was later destroyed by a fire and was reopened in 1867 with 150 people and 6 teachers. Also, in 1867, Dr. Francis Julius LeMoyne of Washington, Pennsylvania made a donation of $20,000 to the school. In the letter that contained the check, Dr. LeMoyne wrote, “ I would not have the institution confined to any color or class… I would not have it sectarian….” In 1871, the school was renamed LeMoyne Nurmal and Commercial School. In 1901, the curriculum was broadened to include regular high school. It later became a junior college in 1924, and was chartered by the state of Tennessee as a four-year degree granting institution in 1934. LeMoyne-College moved its present place in 1914 when Steele Hall was built on Walker Avenue.

Next, is Owen College.Owen College was first thought about when Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention purchased property on Vance Avenue for the purpose to open a Baptist Junior College. They organized a board of Trustees in 1953. In 1954 the school opened as S.A. Owen Junior College, named in honor of...
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