Lane College
The Lane coat of arms consists of two shields, one within the other, and a banner with the College motto directly below them. The colors are cardinal and royal blue.
Former name
Colored Methodist Episcopal High School (1882–1883)
Lane Institute (1883–1896)[1]
MottoEsse, Non Videri (Latin)
Motto in English
"To Be, Not to Seem"
TypePrivate historically black college
Religious affiliation
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
PresidentLogan C. Hampton
Students1,010 (Fall 2022)
CampusUrban, 55 acres (22 ha)
Colors    Cardinal and royal blue
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division II, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Lane College Historic District
LocationLane Avenue
Jackson, Tennessee, U.S.
Area4.2 acres (1.7 ha)
ArchitectReuben A. Heavner (Main hall)
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference No.87001117[2]
Added to NRHPJuly 2, 1987

Lane College is a private historically black college associated with the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and located in Jackson, Tennessee. It offers associate and baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences.


Lane College was founded in 1882 by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (C.M.E.; now known as Christian Methodist Episcopal Church) 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 establishment was delayed by a yellow fever epidemic in the region in 1878. Its primary purpose was the education of newly freed enslaved persons, and the original curriculum focused on the preparation of "teachers and preachers."[3][4] It became Lane Institute in 1883.[5]

In 1887, Rev. T. F. Saunders, a White former enslaver, and a member of the Memphis Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was appointed the first president of Lane Institute.[6] In 1896 the college department was formed, and the Board of Trustees voted to change the name to Lane College.[6] Around 1902, many letters were written calling for a Black president for Lane College to the Christian Index, a magazine published by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.[7] In 1903, James Albert Bray, a Black graduate of Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) was elected president of Lane College, after T. F. Saunders resignation.[7]



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.[15]


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 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Former Lane football player Jacoby Jones became the first player in history to score a receiving touchdown and a return touchdown in a Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Dennis Henry Anderson 1893 Methodist minister, educator, and author [16]
Walt Bond American professional baseball player [17]
Jason Brookins 2001 Former professional football player
Dave Clark 1934 Pioneering African-American record promoter [18]
Tequila Harris 2000 American mechanical engineer and professor [19]
Donald L. Hollowell 1947 Civil rights lawyer and first African-American to be named regional director of a United States government agency (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). [20]
Fred Lane 1997 Former professional football player
Beebe Steven Lynk 1892 Clubwoman and professor of medical Latin botany and materia medica at the University of West Tennessee [21]
Jacoby Jones 2007 Former professional football player and college football coach [22][23]
Fatima Massaquoi 1936 Liberian educator and writer [24]
Chuck Rainey 1959 Legendary musician with recording credits on thousands of recordings [25]
Elma Stuckey Poet and school teacher [26]
Leroy Tyus American politician, real estate developer, and state legislator in Missouri [27]
George L. Vaughn lawyer and judge in St. Louis, Missouri; involved in a prominent civil rights cases [28]


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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "History of Lane College". Lane College. Retrieved November 25, 2022.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System – (#87001117)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ About Lane Archived 2006-05-08 at the Wayback Machine, Lane College website, accessed March 13, 2010
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ The Bulletin of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. American Society of Newspaper Editors. American Society of Newspaper Editors. 1989.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ a b David, Arthur L. (October 8, 2017). "Lane College". Tennessee Encyclopedia.
  7. ^ a b Grem, Darren E.; Ownby, Ted; Jr, James G. Thomas (December 18, 2018). Southern Religion, Southern Culture: Essays Honoring Charles Reagan Wilson. University Press of Mississippi. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-4968-2050-1.
  8. ^ Martinez, Eligio (January 8, 2010). "Lane College (1882- )". Retrieved October 14, 2023.
  9. ^ Murphy, Larry G.; Melton, J. Gordon; Ward, Gary L. (November 20, 2013). Encyclopedia of African American Religions. Routledge. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-135-51338-2.
  10. ^ "James Franklin Lane". The Journal of Negro History. 30 (1): 114. January 1, 1945. doi:10.1086/JNHv30n1p114. ISSN 0022-2992. S2CID 224830148.
  11. ^ "Lane College President Elevated to CME Bishop". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. June 4, 1970. p. 54.
  12. ^ "In Memoriam: Wesley Cornelious McClure, 1942-2013". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. December 7, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2023.
  13. ^ ""We Have Lost A Giant" Lane College President Dr. Wesley McClure Passes Away". WNWS Radio - Jackson, Tennessee, USA. December 6, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2023.
  14. ^ Morris, Dan. "Lane College President Logan Hampton seeks to serve God, students". The Jackson Sun. Retrieved October 14, 2023.
  15. ^ College Profile Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, Lane College website, accessed March 13, 2010
  16. ^ Mather, Frank Lincoln (1915). Who's Who of the Colored Race: A General Biographical Dictionary of Men and Women of African Descent ; Vol. 1. p. 8.
  17. ^ Baseball Register. C.C. Spink & Son. 1967. p. 24.
  18. ^ McAdams, Janine (August 5, 1995). "Promotion Pioneer Dave Clark Dies At 86". Billboard. Vol. 107, no. 31. p. 6.
  19. ^ "Honors or Awards for Five Black Scholars From the Academic World". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. November 2, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2023.
  20. ^ "Donald Hollowell Foundation". Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  21. ^ Warren, Wini (1999). Black women scientists in the United States. Bloomington, Ind. [u.a.]: Indiana University Press. p. 208–209, 216. ISBN 0253336031.
  22. ^ Longman, Jeré (February 4, 2013). "For Raven From New Orleans, a Glorious Return, Two Ways". The New York Times.
  23. ^ "Jacoby Jones - Football Coach - Lane College Athletics". Lane College.
  24. ^ Massaquoi, Fatima (2013). Introduction to The Autobiography of an African Princess. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-10250-8.
  25. ^ "Music Legend Chuck Rainey to Lecture, Perform at Tennessee State University". US Fed News Service, Including US State News. Washington, D.C., Iceland. September 13, 2013. Retrieved July 9, 2021.
  26. ^ "Elma Stuckey; Lauded As Authentic U.S. Poet". Chicago Tribune. September 30, 1988. Retrieved October 15, 2023.
  27. ^ Official Manual of the State of Missouri. Secretary of State. 1957. pp. 164, 167.
  28. ^ II, Herbert G. Ruffin (January 23, 2007). "George L. Vaughan (1885-1950)". Retrieved October 15, 2023.