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LeMoyne-Owen College has stood as a beacon of the community as Memphis’ only Historically Black College and University for 160 years. In 1862, the college was founded as Lincoln School, which later became LeMoyne Normal and Commercial School. LeMoyne College would later merge with S.A. Owen Junior College in 1968. Decades later, LOC continues to advance in the community and beyond by exploring its magical opportunities in leadership and innovation.

It’s an exciting time to be a LeMoyne-Owen College Magician. As the momentum surrounding LOC continues to grow, the world realizes what faculty, staff, and alumni have always known: LOC is a magical community of diverse leaders prepared for success locally, nationally, and globally.

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What’s New at LOC

Virginia Smith standing beside the Founders Bell on the LeMoyne-Owen College campus. The Founders Bell is located at the center of campus and is struck after every graduation ceremony.
Teresa Rankin and Deborah Owens rehearsing a scene from "Raisin in the Sun" that will be performed during Black History Week at LeMoyne-Owen College.
Eleanor Benson, president of the LeMoyne-Owen College Alumni Chapter, speaking at an event on LeMoyne-Owen campus.
Cornelia Crenshaw being arrested for protesting at a Memphis City Council meeting. Mrs. Crenshaw was protesting the deaths of two church members who passed away as the result of a heat wave in 1980. Mrs. Crenshaw was an alumnus of LeMoyne-Owen College, even though she did not graduate from the college. She went on to become an unsung hero of the civil rights movement by fighting for the rights and living conditions of the poor.
Brenda Foster (left) with Katherine L. Tuner (right). Brenda Foster was crowned Miss LeMoyne-Owen at the college's coronation ball in 1968.
Anita Austin was named Miss United Negro College Fund in 1968.
Magicians, 
Tune into Action News 5 tonight at 5pm to check out a very special #BlackHistoryMonth spotlight of our very own, the late Grace Austin Meacham, class of 1961 featuring her daughter and some other familiar faces! #LOCisBlackHistory
LeMoyne-Owen College proudly announced its plan to introduce a men's volleyball program, as its athletics department a received $75,000 grant from the First Point Volleyball Foundation. 

The program set to commence in 2025, will further enhance the colleges robust athletics portfolio and position it as the seventh member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to offer this fast growing sport Women's volleyball is the latest sport to be formed at LOC after the school introduced track and field after a near 30 year hiatus. #LeMoyneOwenCollege #HBCUPride #MagicianPride
It's Magician Monday! We want to hear from current students and alumni. Tell us your major/degree and your class. Sound off in the comments below! #MagicianPride #LOCisMemphis
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54%

NEW ENROLLMENT INCREASE*

*NEW ENROLLMENT FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN

86%

SPRING TO FALL RETENTION

12:1

STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO

More than a campus, we’re a community

HISTORY AND CAMPUS

LeMoyne-Owen College is a survivor — transcending the eras of race riots, yellow fever epidemics, Jim Crow laws and segregation in Memphis. We have stood the test of time and inspired countless students to change their lives.

Today, we are Memphis’ only historically black college. We stand prepared to continue our legacy and mission of educating and developing leaders.