Lincoln University (Missouri)

Lincoln University is a public historically black land-grant university in Jefferson City, Missouri. Founded in 1866 by African-American veterans of the American Civil War, it is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Lincoln University
Lincoln University of Missouri seal.svg
Former name
Lincoln Institute (1866–1921)
MottoLaborare et studere
Motto in English
To labor and study
TypePublic historically black land-grant university
EstablishedJanuary 14, 1866 (1866-01-14)[1]
Academic affiliations
PresidentJohn B. Moseley (Interim)
ProvostJennifer Benne (Interim)
Students2,436 (Fall 2019)[2]
Location, ,
United States

38°33′54″N 92°10′10″W / 38.565070°N 92.169470°W / 38.565070; -92.169470Coordinates: 38°33′54″N 92°10′10″W / 38.565070°N 92.169470°W / 38.565070; -92.169470
Campus167 acres (67.6 ha)
(Main campus),
374.68 acres (151.628 ha) (University Farms)
ColorsNavy blue and White
NicknameBlue Tigers
Sporting affiliations
Lincoln University of Missouri logo.svg


Lincoln University Hilltop Campus Historic District
Young Hall
Location820 Chestnut St., Jefferson City, Missouri
Area9.6 acres (3.9 ha)
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference No.83000978[3]
Added to NRHPApril 28, 1983

During the Civil War, the 62nd Colored Infantry regiment of the U.S. Army, largely recruited in Missouri, set up educational programs for its soldiers. At the end of the war it raised $6,300 to set up a black school, headed by a white abolitionist officer, Richard Foster and founded by John Berry Meachum. Foster opened the Lincoln Institute in Jefferson City in 1866. Lincoln had a black student body, both black and white teachers, and outside support from religious groups. The state government provided $5,000 a year to train teachers for the state's new black school system.[4] Under the Morrill Act of 1890, Missouri designated the school a land-grant university, emphasizing agriculture, mechanics and teaching.

By 1921, the college had expanded to offer graduate programs and was officially designated a university by the state of Missouri. It changed its name to Lincoln University of Missouri. In 1954, it opened its doors to applicants of all ethnicities. It provides both undergraduate and graduate courses.

On May 22, 2019, Jefferson City was hit by an EF-3 Tornado, causing significant damage to the historic President's Residence near the campus.

In May 2021, Lincoln University President Jerald Woolfolk announced her plans to step down at the end of the current school year.[5]


Lincoln University participates at the NCAA Division II level in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). Lincoln competed in the MIAA from 1970 to 1999, when it left because it had not had a football team since 1989. From 1999 to 2010 Lincoln competed in the Heartland Conference, of which it is a founding conference member. The school revitalized its football program and reentered the MIAA in 2010.[6] The Lincoln University Women's Track Team made NCAA Division II history by winning the Outdoor Track and Field Championships five consecutive times.[7]
The school has programs in the following sports:

Alma Mater "Lincoln, O, Lincoln"Edit

The alma mater is sung to the tune of "Ach wie ist's möglich dann", a German folk song published in 1827 and variously credited to Georg Heinrich or Friedrich Silcher Kuchen (the West Point and Wake Forest alma mater songs use the same melody).[8]

Student activitiesEdit

Founder's Day, traditionally held on the first Saturday of February, pays tribute to the founders of Lincoln University. Homecoming, usually held in October, is a celebratory time when family and friends of Lincoln University convene to participate in gala activities. Springfest, usually held in late April, celebrates the arrival of spring with games and other activities throughout the week.

Marching Musical StormEdit

The "Marching Musical Storm" is the university's marching band. It was founded in 1948 and is one of the largest student organizations on campus. The band performs at all home football games, select basketball games, and other school-sanctioned functions throughout the year.[9]

Student mediaEdit

Fraternities and sororitiesEdit

The National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations that have chapters at Lincoln University of Missouri are:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol
Alpha Kappa Alpha ΑΚΑ Alpha Iota AI
Alpha Phi Alpha ΑΦΑ Alpha Psi ΑΨ
Delta Sigma Theta ΔΣΘ Alpha Theta ΑΘ
Iota Phi Theta ΙΦΘ Zeta Xi ΖΞ
Omega Psi Phi ΩΨΦ Eta Sigma ΗΣ
Phi Beta Sigma ΦΒΣ Beta Chi BX
Sigma Gamma Rho ΣΓΡ Alpha Mu AM
Zeta Phi Beta ΖΦΒ Xi Beta ΞΒ
Kappa Alpha Psi ΚΑΨ Alpha Mu AM

Notable faculty and staffEdit

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Find LU Facts Quick – Lincoln University". Archived from the original on October 15, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "Trends in Headcount Enrollment, 2013-2019". Missouri Department of Higher Education. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Lawrence O. Christensen (1999). Dictionary of Missouri Biography. U of Missouri Press. p. 312. ISBN 9780826260161.
  5. ^ "Lincoln University president resigning after three years". San Francisco Chronicle. May 17, 2021. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  6. ^ Lincoln returns to MIAA – St. Joseph News-Press – February 2, 2009[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Lincoln University of Missouri Blue Tigers – Lincoln University Track & Field to be Inducted Into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame". Lincoln University.
  8. ^ "Lincoln University Songs". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Events – Marching Musical Storm – Lincoln University". Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Widder, Keith R. (2005). Michigan Agricultural College: The Evolution of a Land-Grant Philosophy, 1855-1925. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. pp. 346–348. ISBN 0870137344.
  11. ^ Sean P. Hier, "The forgotten architect: Cox, Wallerstein, and world-system theory," Race & Class Vol. 42(3): 69–86
  12. ^ "Oleta L. Crain - Military Officer and Civil Servant" (PDF). Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library.
  13. ^ "Romona Robinson". WOIO. February 3, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2016.

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