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Lane College
MottoEsse Non Videri
Type Private, HBCU
Affiliation Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
PresidentDr. Logan C. Hampton
Location Jackson, Tennessee,
United States
Campus Urban, 55 acres
Colors Cardinal and Royal Blue
Athletics NCAA Division II
Affiliations Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Lane College Historic District
LocationLane Ave., Jackson, Tennessee
Area4.2 acres (1.7 ha)
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference # 87001117 [1]
Added to NRHPJuly 2, 1987

Lane College is a private, co-educational, historically black college associated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, located in Jackson, Tennessee, just northeast of the downtown area. It is a liberal arts institution that with Associate and baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences. The College admits people regardless of color, sex, religion, or national origin.


Lane College was founded in 1882 by the Colored Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church in America as the C.M.E. High School. It was named after Methodist Bishop Isaac Lane who co-founded the school. Planning for the school had begun in 1878, but the school's establishment was delayed by a yellow fever epidemic in the region in 1878. Its primary purpose was the education of newly freed slaves, and the original curriculum focused on the preparation of "teachers and preachers." [2] [3]


Lane College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's and bachelor's degrees. [4]


Official athletics logo.

The Lane College Department of Athletics sponsors men's intercollegiate baseball, basketball, football, cross country, and tennis along with women's intercollegiate softball, basketball, cross country, volleyball, and tennis.

The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Dragons and compete in Division II of the NCAA. The athletic teams compete as a part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References

Class of 1966 Music

Fatima Massaquoi 1936 Pioneering Liberian educator [5]
Donald L. Hollowell 1947 Civil rights lawyer. He was the first African-American to be named regional director of a United States government agency ( Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). [6]
Chuck Rainey 1959 Legendary musician with recording credits on thousands of recordings
Angelita Blackshear Dalton 1993 General Sessions Court Judge, Division III; First African-American woman elected judge in Nashville, Tennessee.
Fred Lane 1997 Former professional football player
Jason Brookins 2001 Former professional football player
Jacoby Jones 2007 Former professional football player; scored two touchdowns in 2013 Super Bowl; Current Assistant Coach of Wide Receivers at Lane College [7] [8]
Timothy Thomas


SS Lane Victory, a World War II Victory Ship, one of the few surviving, was named for Lane College. It is now docked in San Pedro, California (which is part of the commercial harbor area of Los Angeles to the south of downtown). It is now open as a museum.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ About Lane Archived 2006-05-08 at the Wayback Machine., Lane College website, accessed March 13, 2010
  3. ^ History Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine., e College Profile Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine., Lane College website, accessed March 13, 2010
  4. ^ College Profile Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine., Lane College website, accessed March 13, 2010
  5. ^ Massaquoi, Fatima (2013). Introduction to The Autobiography of an African Princess. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN  978-1-137-10250-8.
  6. ^ "Donald Hollowell Foundation". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  7. ^ Longman, Jeré (4 February 2013). "For Raven From New Orleans, a Glorious Return, Two Ways" – via
  8. ^ "Jacoby Jones - Football Coach - Lane College Athletics". Lane College.

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