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LeMoyne College

In 1862, the American Missionary Association sent Ms. Lucinda Humphrey to Camp Shiloh to open an elementary school for freedmen and runaway slaves after the occupation of Memphis during the Civil War. The school, named Lincoln Chapel, was moved to Memphis in 1863 but was destroyed by fire in the race riots after the withdrawal of federal troops in 1866.  The school was rebuilt and reopened in 1867 with 150 students and six teachers.  The first years were challenging due to the toll that the yellow fever epidemic took on school personnel.  In 1914, the school was moved to its present site on Walker Avenue, and the first building, Steele Hall, was erected on the new LeMoyne campus. LeMoyne became a junior college in 1924 and a four-year college in 1930.  In March 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. paid his first visit to Memphis and to our campus.

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