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Memphis Moment: Camp Shiloh and Lincoln Chapel

By Steve Pike


Memphis, TN – Lincoln Chapel was a school built for escaped slaves and free blacks which moved to Memphis from Camp Shiloh in 1863. Destroyed by race riots in 1866, the school reopened in 1867, but was given a new life when, in 1870, Philadelphia abolishonist F. Julius LeMoyne donated $20,000 to fund expansion and improvements on the school. In 1879, LeMoyne wrote, "I would not have the institution confined to any class or color, but its benefits and advantages accessible to all pupils whose conduct is orderly and whose character is credible."

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