Lane College

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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.
MottoEsse Non Videri
TypePrivate historically black college
Religious affiliation
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
PresidentLogan C. Hampton
CampusUrban, 55 acres (22 ha)
Colors    Cardinal and royal blue
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division II, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Lane College Historic District
LocationLane Ave.
Jackson, Tennessee
Area4.2 acres (1.7 ha)
ArchitectReuben A. Heavner (Main hall)
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference No.87001117[1]
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 (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]


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.

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[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Fatima Massaquoi 1936 Pioneering Liberian educator [5]
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). [6]
Chuck Rainey 1959 Legendary musician with recording credits on thousands of recordings [7]
Fred Lane 1997 Former professional football player
Jason Brookins 2001 Former professional football player
Jacoby Jones 2007 Former professional football player and college football coach [8][9]


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. ^ "National Register Information System – (#87001117)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  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 July 10, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ Longman, Jeré (February 4, 2013). "For Raven From New Orleans, a Glorious Return, Two Ways". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "Jacoby Jones - Football Coach - Lane College Athletics". Lane College.

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