Lincoln Institute of Jefferson, MO is America’s oldest historically black university in the United States. Founded in 1854, the University was originally founded as the Ashmun Institute, named after Jehudi Ashmun, who also worked to establish the country of Liberia. It was renamed to honor Abraham Lincoln in 1866.
The school was funded by soldiers of the 62nd Colored Infantry with $5,000. An additional $1,400 was given by the 65th Colored Infantry. Lincoln Institute officially opened its doors on September 17, 1866 under the leadership of first lieutenant Richard Baxter Foster. Finally, in 1921, it was renamed Lincoln University. After years of additional accreditations, Lincoln University of Missouri is a four-year University with an open admission to students of all races. It is also a NCAA Division II school in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).