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   Initially founded in 1882 as the Colored Methodist Episcopal High School by Bishop Isaac Lane, Lane College is proud to be one of this nation’s oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the first four-year institution established by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1884, the School was chartered under the laws of the State of Tennessee, and its name changed to Lane Institute. Later, in 1896, the college department was organized and the name once again changed to Lane College, honoring its founder.



   Located on approximately 25 acres in Jackson, Tennessee— approximately 79 miles east of Memphis and 122 miles west of Nashville -- the college is now a small, private, co-educational, church-related institution which provides a liberal arts curriculum leading to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences. With a male/female ratio of 1:1, annual enrollment varies between 650-800 students.

   Campus buildings encompass the J.F. Lane Building, and the Bray, Saunders, Hamlett, and Berry Halls. These structures have embraced several past Bishops of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, as well as other distinguished alumni including Attorney Donald L. Hollowell, renowned civil rights activist and lawyer for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Simon Haley, father of the late historian and author of "Roots" Alex Haley; and Dr. Louis E. Cunningham, the first Black cardiologist licensed in the State of Tennessee.


ADDRESS: 545 Lane Avenue, Jackson, TN
PHONE: 901-426-7500


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