Historically Black Illinois College to Close After 157 Years

Historically Black Illinois College to Close After 157 Years

Pictured: Lincoln College during fall. Photo by Mark Gordon, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

CHICAGO (AP) – A historically Black college in central Illinois that saw its enrollment plummet during the COVID-19 pandemic said it has been unable to recover and must close its doors after 157 years.

Lincoln College in the community of Lincoln said Tuesday that it will shut down at the end of this week when the current semester ends. Lincoln College President David Gerlach said $50 million was needed to remain open and the school said its efforts to raise that money fell far short.

The school noted another factor that contributed to its demise was a cyberattack in December that made it impossible for months to get into systems needed to recruit and retain students.

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