Lincoln University Established Timelines: The Catto Years

Lincoln University (originally Ashmun Institute) is established and is the first degree granting black collegiate school in the U.S. During its first 100 years, Lincoln graduates approximately 20% of the black physicians and 10% of black attorneys in the United States. Thurgood Marshall and Langston Hughes are among its esteemed alumni. An early graduate is William Wilberforce Still, the son of abolitionist William Still, who became a lawyer.